Full Title:Older Adult and Palliative Care in Intellectual Disability
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:TEMPCODE154
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:The purpose of this module is to prepare students to meet the care needs of a person in the later stages of their life. This module will have two units - one examining aging and its impact on a person either in health or ill health. The second unit will explore the provision of palliative care to a person with an intellectual disability.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Analyse the lived experience of the older adult with an intellectual disability.
  2. Critique the bio/psycho/social changes in the older adult.
  3. Examine the role of palliative care for the older adult with an intellectual disability.
  4. Explore grief and bereavement for people with an intellectual disability.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Biopsychosocial perspectives of old age in persons with an Intellectual Disability.
Ageing and society, ageism, abuse, biopsychosocial theories of ageing, provision of health services and settings for care delivery for older people with an intellectual disability, interface between the older person and care services.
Transition phases of late adulthood
Retirement, loss of independence, loneliness, intellectual decline, supporting people through change.
Palliative care
Quality of life issues. Religious, political, environmental and charitable influences. Developing a supportive community. Pain and stress.
Death and Dying
Grief, loss and bereavement for persons with an intellectual disability.
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Formal Examination100.00%
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description
End of Module Formal Examination

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Three hours theory per week for each unit. This is normally delivered over a 8 week period. 6.00 Every Week 6.00
Directed Reading No Description 35.00 Once per semester 2.33
Independent Study No Description 45.00 Once per semester 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 11.33
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Gates,B. 2006, Care planning and delivery in intellectual disability nursing, 1st Ed., Blackwell Pub. Boston [ISBN: 1-4051-3122-5]
  • Redfern, S. and Ross, F. 2006, Nursing Older People, 4th Ed., Churchill Livingstone London [ISBN: 0-443-07459-3]
  • Tuffrey, 0. and Wijne, I. 2010, Living with Learning Disabilities, Dying with Cancer, 1st Ed., Jessica Kingsley London [ISBN: 97801-84905-027-2]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Published report: Mencap 2007, Death by Indifference, Mencap

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NINDS_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Intellectual Disability Nursing 7 Mandatory