Now that people with learning disabilities are living longer, they will be more likely to develop illnesses like dementia. With this, the demand for care home support will increase.
It is therefore more important than ever that care homes are equipped with the knowledge and skills to care for learning disabled people with dementia.
Laura Porter is Interim Service Manager for Learning Disability at Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership says she hopes the guidance will “reassure” families and care home staff that if they accept a placement for someone with learning disabilities, there will be support available.”
Ensuring care home staff are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills
Kevin Stewart, Scottish Government’s Minister for Social Care, said: “We understand how challenging it can be for people with a learning disability and a diagnosis of dementia to change their living arrangements.
“This new guidance will not only improve the services people receive, but will give staff improved information to support them to continue to deliver exceptional care across the country.
“Scotland has a track record in supporting people living with dementia, as shown by our world leading commitment to provide immediate support in the first year after people receive a diagnosis and our National Conversation events to give those living with dementia, their families and carers the opportunity to shape the help available.”