Marilyn Dahl, PhD
It is estimated that between 48 and 97% of residents of continued-care facilities have a hearing impairment. Nursing staff and other care-team members are often not prepared to attend to the hearing-related needs of elderly residents, and many such facilities do not have the regular services of hearing health care professionals. Trained volunteers can fill a valuable role in providing help and support to residents and staff in meeting hearing-related needs of seniors. The To Hear Again project featured consumer involvement in hearing health care. A training program was developed and implemented by a consumer organisation, the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association. The program was designed to prepare hard-of-hearing seniors at four sites across Canada to function as peer role models and helpers to other hard-of-hearing seniors in care facilities and, to a lesser extent, in the community. The project included a model for cooperation between a public health unit and a consumer organisation. Professional measurement tools for observation and self-report were adapted for layperson use in assessing needs. Design of the project, materials used, and outcomes are discussed.
Entre 48% et 97% des bénéficiaires des centres de soins prolongés auraient une déficience auditive. Souvent, le personnel infirmier et les autres intervenants ne sont pas prêts à répondre aux besoins auditifs des bénéficiaires âgés et nombre d'établissements ne sont pas desservis régulièrement par des professionnels de la déficience auditive. Des bénévoles bien formés ont un rôle précieux à jouer pour aider et épauler les bénéficiaires et le personnel en répondant aux besoins auditifs des personnes âgées. Le projet <
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