Approximately 1 million people in the UK have a learning disability (2% of the population) and this is on the rise.*
What is a learning disability?
A learning disability is a “significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information, to learn new skills (impaired intelligence), with a reduced ability to cope independently (impaired social functioning), which started before adulthood” – the Department of Health.
How can a learning disability affect a person?
Having a learning disability will affect the way a person understands information and communicates. Although it will vary from person to person, this can mean that they might have difficulty learning new skills, coping independently or need extra help in certain aspects of their lives. Many people with mild learning disabilities are still able to live alone, travel and work. However, those who have more severe needs can often need help performing basic skills such as eating, washing and getting dressed.
Where can you find support for a loved one?
Our specialist Learning Disabilities Service can provide high-quality care and support. At Home Care Preferred we are experienced at finding solutions to any challenges in order to provide assistance to friends and relatives who care for people with learning disabilities, to ensure that they too maintain their quality of life. We believe in providing the right support package based on personalities, likes, dislikes, goals, and aspirations of the individual in order to enable our clients to live at home independently, build their skills, gain confidence and live a healthy lifestyle. You can find out more about our Learning Disabilities Service here.
Have some questions about learning disabilities and how we can support you? Contact our team to discuss.
*MentalHealth.orgTags: Learning Disability