As people who have a learning disability grow older, we need to ensure
that support and services are geared towards meeting changing physical and
mental health needs. The main objective of the guide is to promote holistic
support that will maintain the abilities of the person with a learning
disability and dementia and provide services that meet their individual needs.
It is important that people with a learning disability and dementia:
• have choice and control over the support and services they receive, now
and in the future
• maintain meaningful and supportive relationships with family, friends
and the wider community
• remain in their own accommodation, if appropriate and desired.
Each section in this self-study guide is structured around one of ten
topic areas, ranging from background information about learning disability and
dementia to end-of-life planning. Each topic area will prompt thinking about
practice and development of skills, promoting changes to support which are
focused around each individual, rather than expecting the person to fit the
Tools are included as part of each topic. They may be copied as handouts,
or used as part of staff discussions. Some can also be displayed or available
in a designated staff area for staff to read.
A link is provided to Supporting
Derek: a short two-part film featuring actors with a learning disability.
This will provide practical examples of some of the issues discussed in this
guide and is an essential resource when completing some of the activities.
This guide can be used for your continuing professional development. If
you are a manager, you might like to ask your staff members or students to work
through it section-by-section, completing the activities each contains. Their
responses can be discussed as part of on-going reflection and supervision or
discussed at a staff handover meeting. The guide can help staff to prepare for
quality checks and inspections and can contribute towards meeting national care
There is also a copy of this guide included in the Supporting People with Learning Disabilities and Dementiatraining
pack as background for those facilitating training programmes.