Dementia and people with learning disabilities: making reasonable adjustments

Public Health England, June 2018

This guide is part of a series of guides looking at reasonable adjustments in a specific service area.  It is intended to help staff in public health, health services and social care to ensure that their services are accessible to people with learning disabilities who may have, or be developing, dementia. The guide can also be of use to family and friends of people with learning disabilities.

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Transforming care: the challenges and solutions

Voluntary Organisations Disability Group, May 2018

Voluntary Organisations Disability Group report outlining challenges and solutions to moving people with learning disabilities, autism and/or mental health conditions out of long-stay inpatient care. This follows the implementation of a pilot project, the report offers recommendations for future steps.  The challenges involving commissioners, funders and care providers include:

  • delays in hospital discharge plans, including a lack of knowledge in local authorities about potential community support options
  • negative attitudes and aspirations towards people supported (for example, referring to people by patient identity number instead of by their name)
  • confusion about costs, with commissioners and funders underestimating the cost of initial support immediately after discharge and/or therapeutic support
  • a lack of support to families, despite the fact that responsive ongoing support to families is critical to the sustainability of support to their loved one.

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People with learning disabilities: making reasonable adjustments

Public Health England, May 2018

These guides explain why reasonable adjustments must be made to health services and what adjustments help people with learning disabilities access services.

People with learning disabilities may need particular adjustments to help make health care services easier for them to experience. These guides are for health and social care professionals who deliver, provide or plan services that may be used by people with learning disabilities.

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Voices from the social care crisis :An opportunity to end a broken system, once and for all –

The Care and Support Alliance, May 2018

Care and Support Alliance report on how the social care crisis is affecting the day to day lives of older people, working aged disabled people and unpaid carers across the country.  It identifies that currently at least 1.2 million older people and disabled people do not receive the care they require, a number which has almost doubled since 2010.  An estimated £6.3bn will have been taken out of adult social care in real terms since 2010 and the cuts to budgets between 2010 and 2017 now total 49%.

Calls on the Government to develop  a social care system creates independence and that ensures recipients not only get the basics, but also have access to the care and support they need to lead fulfilling and healthy lives.  It should be preventative, high quality and deliver person-centered care and support.  It should not rely on the NHS having to save the day when there’s no other support on offer.

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