Understanding the condition: What Are Learning Disabilities?
People with learning disabilities find learning new life skills quite difficult. Every person is different but generally, things like communicating, reading, writing, personal care and managing money can all pose a challenge.
People can be born with a learning disability or develop the condition as a result of an accident or illness and will likely require assistance or care for the majority of their life. However, they can lead a very happy and fulfilling existence when properly supported and encouraged.
Lets look at s few more details about learning disabilities.
How many people in England have learning disabilities?
Believe it or not, an estimated 2% of the population has learning disabilities. That's over 1 million people. Of that, less than a quarter (under 250,000) are registered with learning disability services.
All learning disabilities are the result of specific areas of the brain which do not develop properly or have become damaged.
It can be caused before birth, during birth or at any time during a person's lifetime and may be the result of an inherited condition, a chromosome abnormality, complications during pregnancy or birth or as the result of an illness or accident.
Other factors like neglect and contact with damaging or radioactive materials can cause issues that lead to learning disabilities.
Learning disabilities can often come with secondary conditions. Typically, these may be physical disabilities or sensory impairment but in later life, they could include things like diabetes, mobility issues or illnesses.
How it can affect a person's life:
Learning disabilities vary in nature so every person is different. If someone has a mild learning disability, they can lead a fairly independent life, taking care of themselves, their home, working and doing all the things we tend to take for granted.
In severe cases, a person may require help with almost all tasks (such as eating, washing, getting dressed and mobility) around the clock.
With the right support and guidance, a person with learning disabilities can lead a very rich and fulfilling life. Enjoying leisure activities, building relationships and being independent in all the ways they can.
Not confusing learning disabilities and learning difficulties:
A learning disability can broadly affect all levels of intelligence and the ability to learn new skills across every area of life. Down's syndrome is classified as a learning disability.
Learning difficulties are much less severe, covering quite specific things which can make certain areas of learning more difficult, for example, dyslexia is classed as a learning difficulty as it makes processing certain information related to reading and writing a challenge.
Providing support: Home Carers For People With Learning Disabilities.
Providing a person is over 18 years of age, The Great Care Company can potentially provide private home carers to assist you or your loved ones. We work across Lincolnshire and Yorkshire to help everyone we can to lead a happy, more fulfilling and independent life.
Our care staff are extensively trained to understand all aspects of learning disabilities, including the physical and emotional aspects, which are especially important when we visit family homes to provide support.
We build our home care service based on the needs and levels of dependency a person with learning disabilities has, ensuring that every aspect of care is tended to and a complete, affordable support package is in place.
Our team can work with all but the most severe levels of learning disability. We're here to provide support and encouragement which will lead to a more independent existence.
We work with you and your loved ones to create the most affordable ways of taking care of all the things you would like help with. It may be the basics like shopping, meal planning and cooking or assistance with more complex tasks like medication and ongoing treatments.
You set the hours, the days and services you'd like our carers with you for.
Our carers provide encouragement and companionship whilst nurturing an environment that builds confidence in individuals with learning disabilities. All in the comfort of their own home, at a pace they feel comfortable and secure with.
Choosing the right service for you What Can Learning Disability Home Care Include?
Personal Hygiene Assistance
Personal cleanliness can be difficult for some people with learning disabilities and awkward for their loved ones to assist with. Our carers can assist as required.
Whatever challenges are encountered, home carers will be there to provide support and encouragement. This may include everything from social interaction, to getting out and about or more complex requirements. Carers build confidence through support and familiarity.
Help With Treatments & Medication
Typically, our clients tend to be older persons with secondary health issues alongside learning difficulties. Home carers will help with ongoing treatments, medical requirements, prescription pick ups and medication administration.
Shopping, Meal Planning & Food Preparation
Our carers understand that certain aspects of shopping and meal preparation can be difficult for people with learning disabilities. We'll assist with any areas that may be proving difficult and actively encourage involvement and promote independent living. Ensuring a healthy, balanced diet.
Social Lives, Exercise & Getting Out
Home care encourages an active, happy life, filled with the things that each person enjoys. Sometimes, people with learning disabilities need a little extra help with things like social interaction, external environments and exercise. We'll support this.
Laundry & Changing Bedding & Housekeeping
If basic tasks seem difficult, please know that home carers can step into those roles and assist with almost any aspect of home-keeping by either assisting or doing the jobs.
Sticking To Schedules & Times
Certain forms of learning disability can lead to an enhanced need for strict timekeeping and scheduled activities. Changes can leave the person involved feeling very uncomfortable. Our carers understand and ensure that times are adhered to.
Companionship, Understanding & Encouragement
Our amazing care staff know that learning disabilities do not have to create limitations for people. We'll help to encourage those in our care, build their confidence and help their independence grow. We are part of your team, we'll provide support for your family and even help with your pets.
Where we work: Home Carers For People With Learning Disabilities In Lincolnshire & Yorkshire
With home carers throughout Lincolnshire & Yorkshire, The Great Care Company can help you. We have central offices you can contact in the following locations:
If you do not see your town or village listed, please don't worry, the beauty of home care is that we can come to you in virtually any Lincolnshire or Yorkshire location.
Please feel free to get in touch with our friendly team and let us know where you are based.
Making Home Care Affordable. How Much Do Private Learning Disability Home Carers Cost?
Every person with a learning disability is unique and faces special challenges to them. This means that there is no one care option that will cover everything they need. This is why The Great Care Company offers custom care options that are built around your needs and tailored to fit your budget.
We are an affordable service because we provide the care you require without any hidden extras.
Speak with our friendly team today and let us know which areas you require help with and we'll work out the best, most affordable care package to suit you.
Getting to know The Great Care Company
The best home care team Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. What makes us different?
We have a unique pairing system that matches care staff to clients on an interest and outlook level as well as in terms of needs.
The Great Care Company is an award-winning five-star care service provider. We proudly represent the very best our industry has to offer and have been recognised for the efforts we put in.
We ensure that our carer staff receive the very best training to help them cope with all situations and provide the support and care we'd like to see our loved ones receive.
This training is never at the cost of the client. If we need to provide additional staff to work with our carers and learn or extra training for specialist requirements, it will always be at our own expense.
Home care means there will be no restrictions placed on your personal life or family. We encourage confidence and independent living.
We fully understand that emotional needs are every bit as important as the physical. Mental wellbeing and support are something we value and nurture.
Our services are a very affordable, competitive way of enhancing your life. By selecting the things you need help with on the days and the times you want us there, we set up a service that you already know will be affordable and to your budget, without hidden extras.
The Great Care Company understands the importance of looking after our care staff. We work hard to ensure the people that work with us are happy and valued so they can pass that good feeling on to those in their care.
We specialise in looking after adults with learning disabilities. Our care staff are qualified and able to deal with almost any situation and all but the most severe forms of LDs.
Unlike care homes or other care providers in our industry, The Great Care Company works hard to ensure that consistent care staff and familiar faces are provided. We know that this is particularly important for people with learning disabilities.
Your dignity and personal lives are respected by our team. We're here to provide support and enhancement to your life without limitations or interruptions.
The Great Care Company was set up with a simple belief in mind: To look after those in our care in the way we'd wish our own loved ones to be.
This forms the basis of everything we do and every service we provide and it's a quality we look for in every carer on our team.
Finding out more
We know you will have questions and might be weighing up your options to find the best care solution for you.
Please know that our friendly team are here to support you every step of the way and answer everything you want to know about.
To learn more and discuss the care options we have available, simply get in touch by calling or filling in the form and we'll get the ball rolling for you or your loved ones.