A Retrospective Study of the Last Year of Life for People with Intellectual Disabilities in Community Residences
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Death is inevitable for all; however, the nature of that death varies significantly across subsets of the American population with the opportunity to die well often reserved for the privileged and abled. In the last ten years, there has been increasingly more attention paid to issues surrounding serious illness and end-of-life care for adults with intellectual disabilities (IDs). However, care for this population remains fraught with complex challenges and wanting for best practices and standards. Further, research seeking to identify the complexity of issues faced in the provision of end-of-life care for this population, particularly in the United States, is scarce and often biased toward the perspective of caregivers.