Dimensions Activate – Experimental outcomes
In the research, on all measures of quality of life, the people we support who were in the experimental group improved more than those in the control group services.
The frequency and severity of challenging behaviour decreased, Active Support increased and staff satisfaction levels increased considerably.
Quality of Life
The approach saw a dramatic fall in the ABC (Aberrant Behaviour Checklist) score – from 42 to 15 in the experimental group. Observed challenging behaviour also fell, from 25% to 10%.
Staff in experimental group settings showed significant increases in job satisfaction and reductions in stress when compared with staff in control group settings.
The intervention was greeted positively by staff in the experimental settings, the families of people supported in the experimental settings and the professionals engaged with these settings.
Staff satisfaction is critical; through improved retention, it helps drive consistent long term relationships between staff and the person they support.
In addition, the people we support in the experimental group achieved positive outcomes as judged by people who know them (such as family members and other professionals) in the following areas:
- social skills
- leisure skills
- self help skills
- job skills
- academic development