The route to success in end of life care: achieving quality for people with learning disabilities

Document type
Guidance
Corporate author(s)
NHS National End of Life Care Programme
Publisher
NHS National End of Life Care Programme
Date of publication
1 March 2011
Subject(s)
Mental health services, Health Services, Older Adults, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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The aim of this publication is to provide a practical guide which supports anyone caring for people with learning disabilities to engage with key professionals to ensure that those who may be in the last months of their life receive high quality end of life care. The guide may also be useful to those health or social care professionals who irregularly come into contact with people with learning disabilities in clarifying what measures need to be taken to ensure that they can access appropriate care. This care should be of the same high quality regardless of diagnosis and of whether the care is carried out at home, in hospital, in the community or in any other setting. It is intended that the guide will support practitioners and staff (working in all the settings in which people with learning disabilities live) to develop their awareness and understanding of the end of life care pathway and how it relates to people who have learning disabilities.

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