Learning disability nursing

A learning disability is often complex. Some people may have reduced ability to manage everyday activities like household tasks, socialising or managing money.

For others, the learning disability may be part of other physical and emotional conditions and individuals may receive more than one diagnosis.

Case study

Sarah, 19, lived with learning disabilities, frequent epileptic seizures and challenging behaviour. Sarah displayed many autistic traits and it became clear that her behaviours were closely linked to frequent seizures. On arrival she required 1:1 supervision and wore a seizure helmet. Goals were to stabilise Sarah’s epilepsy, manage her behaviours and develop her skills and understanding.

With a new GP, neurologist and an epilepsy specialist nurse and the right medication, Sarah’s seizures reduced, which allowed her to concentrate and focus. Through gentle care, time and patience, the team supported Sarah to become more independent and aware of safety and surroundings. No longer requiring a seizure helmet, Sarah began swimming, horse riding and socialising outside the home. Sarah attended a local Mencap class, then went on to college.

After five years and with a support package in place, Sarah moved in to an independent flat, in the community. 

Everyone is different so we start by creating a personal plan with each individual which includes their strengths, beliefs and aspirations. From this, we make sure that all the right support and services are in place and aim to support each individual to integrate fully into their local community and live the life of their choice. We can also offer sole occupancy environments for people living with Asperger’s through our OneCare services.

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