There are many useful sources of information for people looking for support for those with learning disabilities.
The first step in finding learning disabilities support for yourself or someone you care about is to ensure you have a good understanding of your needs. These needs may range from occasional support in achieving increasing independence to more intensive or around the clock support and care.
There are many government organisations, charities and independent organisations that can help you understand what type of support is right for your situation. We have provided some useful sources of advice and support, but your GP or local social services department is often the best place to start. They will assist with a full assessment to help you understand what local support options are available and may make recommendations about the type of service you need.
Whatever these recommendations, it is still important to do some research to make sure you feel comfortable you are making the right choice. All support services are closely monitored by independent regulators who undertake regular reviews to ensure customers are treated with dignity and respect. You can see the latest reviews of our English services on the Care Quality Commission website, our Welsh services through the Care Standards Inspectorate for Wales website and our Scottish services on the Scottish Care Inspectorate website.
Understanding different types of support
There are many different types of care available depending on an individual’s needs:
- Support at home - A support worker (or enabler) will visit your home and provide support with anything from cooking and cleaning to personal care and administering medication. An enabler can offer a great sense of companionship and provide support in pursuing hobbies and personal interests.
- Live in care – For those with more intensive support requirements, a live-in enabler can provide round the clock support and peace of mind for both our customers and their families.
- Supported living - Supported living accommodation generally allows people to live in their own self-contained home, but with the added reassurance that they have care and support available 24 hours a day.
- Residential care – For individuals with more complex or challenging needs, a residential care setting may be more appropriate. A good residential care home will provide professional and friendly support while giving residents the opportunity to live as independent and fulfilling a life as possible.