This chapter examines the now extensive history of residential care as a discredited provision, whether within the local authority, health service or voluntary sector. We address the concept of autonomy in long-term care as a need and as a right. Within these discussions we shall revisit the continuing issues and controversies of residential/institutional living, including user involvement in controlling people’s lifestyles, the rights of disabled people in residential care and resources for residential/institutional living. We shall draw on our own research within a large-scale charity, which examined the views and experiences of disabled people in residential care.
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