Ageing people with a learning disability: NICE issues a new quality standard

  • NICE

  • curated by Pavankumar Kamat
  • UK Medical News
Access to the full content of this site is available only to registered healthcare professionals. Access to the full content of this site is available only to registered healthcare professionals.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued a new quality standard focusing on identification, assessment and regular review of the care and support requirements of individuals with a learning disability as they grow older, with respect to specific challenges associated with their learning disability.

The key goals of the quality standard are improvements in the following areas:

  • Experience of using healthcare services and adult social care services;
  • Health- and social care-related quality of life (including that of carers); and
  • Perception of independence, choice and control over daily life.

The quality standard covers the following five recommendations:

  • Individuals growing older with a learning disability should have an active involvement in the assessment of their care and support needs.
  • Individuals growing older with a learning disability should have a named lead practitioner.
  • Individuals growing older with a learning disability should be involved in developing a future plan and reviewing it at least annually.
  • Individuals growing older with a learning disability should undergo an annual health check, necessary to update their health action plan.
  • Individuals growing older with a learning disability should have a discussion with the hospital staff before any planned hospital admission regarding arrangements to ease their stay.

Health professionals should also consider the quality standards on Multimorbidity, Mental wellbeing and independence for older people, Transition between inpatient hospital settings and community or care home settings for adults with social care needs, Home care for older people, Learning disabilities: challenging behaviour, Mental wellbeing of older people in care homes and End of life care for adults when providing services for individuals growing older with a learning disability.