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Learning Disability Health Toolkit

This document contains all the information you should need to allow you to support people with learning disabilities on a day-to-day basis, to help them to improve and maintain their health. We do not think health should be seen as something separate, something we think about when we have time or when someone is ill. We should be more proactive than that. We should use every day routines to observe people’s health and wellbeing, to ensure we are doing everything we can to support them.

For instance, when you are at the cinema with someone, observe how they are when they are eating or drinking or walking... are their behaviours different? Or when you are supporting someone to have a bath, discretely observe to see if there is any bruising, swelling or a difference in their body. Everyday observations can tell so much and save people pain and discomfort in the long term. However, please don’t forget that people’s privacy and dignity are paramount.

The greatest factor is to have staff who are knowledgeable to understand and support people and maintain a good relationship with them.