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New guide to moving LD residents into dementia care homes

The Scottish Care Inspectorate has published guidance for supporting people with an intellectual/learning disability and advanced dementia moving into a care home.

The guide acknowledges that as people with a learning disability live longer lives, they find themselves at a higher than average risk of dementia.

Written by Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Alzheimer Scotland, Stirling University and the Care Inspectorate, the guide supports care homes in areas including:

  • Person-centred decision-making and care planning
  • Knowledge, skills and training
  • Multiagency collaboration
  • Dementia-friendly environment
  • Physical health support
  • Activities
  • Appropriate registration and resources  

The guide acknowledges that people with learning difficulties may fear care provided by large institutional settings, viewing it as a backward step.

To support the placement of an individual with a learning disability and advancing dementia into a care home, collaboration between services is required, the guide says.  

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