During 2021 we rolled out the San Martin Scale to more of our adult services, and this roll out continues during 2022 so that more people can benefit. With each cycle of assessment and goal setting, we are starting to see clear evidence that people’s quality of life is improving with the use of this tool. We look forward to providing more updates in the coming months.
The San Martin Scale is based on the eight dimensional model of Verugo and Schalock (2014) and as such is divided into 8 domains: Self-Determination; Rights; Emotional Wellbeing; Social Inclusion; Personal Development; Interpersonal Relationships; Material Wellbeing; and Physical Wellbeing. Each domain targets a specific area, known to be correlated with people’s rating of quality of life, and has been identified through revision of the literature over the last two decades.
The scale is a 95-item Likert scale questionnaire that should be completed by a third-party respondent who knows the adult well. In Options services, the assessment is currently completed by the Assistant Psychologists and care staff, usually the House Manager or Team Leader. The rater is asked to answer the questions with a ‘never’, ‘sometimes’, ‘often’ or ‘always’ response for the adult they are supporting. Following the completion of the assessment, a report is shared with the service and the person’s family where appropriate. Goals are then selected and developed in collaboration with the relevant clinician. Each adult’s assessment will be reviewed and re-administered annually to allow for flexibility in the goals and approach.