01 October 2013

Dementia services for people with learning difficulties

DementiaEvidence shows that dementia is more common in people with learning difficulties. In particular, people with Down syndrome are at greater risk and may develop dementia at an earlier age.

The learning difficulties services are therefore working hard to make sure that people with learning difficulties can be thoroughly assessed for dementia and get the advice and support they need.

This is being done by running specialist dementia clinics and adapting a range of assessments for people with learning difficulties. These assessments involve different professionals who know the client well, such as psychiatrists, occupational therapists and community nurses. The learning difficulties team work closely with general practice and social care and provide support for families and carers, arranging assessments for them and signposting to relevant organisations.

In the last year, the team have developed accessible information for people with learning difficulties about dementia, the assessments and medication.

Another exciting innovation is 'dementia care mapping', where the team's therapists look at a person's environment and advise on adjustments, enabling them to be supported in their home for as long as possible.

Salim Razak consultant psychiatrist for the team says: "We are all passionately committed to helping people with learning difficulties and dementia and making sure they and their families and carers receive high quality service and support."

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