What is a learning disability?
Approximately 1.4 million people in the UK have a learning disability. A learning disability affects the way a person learns and deals with things in all areas of life, such as developing skills, understanding complex information, managing money and interacting with others.
People with a learning disability often find it difficult to cope on their own with day-to-day tasks and may need support to develop the skills they need to live independently.
This level of support depends on the severity of an individual’s learning disability. Many people with a mild learning disability are able to live on their own and may only require community support to thrive. However, those with a severe or profound learning disability could require full time nursing and intensive care throughout their lives. They could also be living with a physical disability.
Living with a learning disability
Most individuals with a learning disability are treated ‘differently’ to the rest of society. They have to face prejudice and challenges on a daily basis, and may find it difficult to access services and have the control over their lives that most of us take for granted.
With our support, most people with a learning disability can enjoy meaningful, independent and fulfilling lives. In addition to full time care, we provide residential support, as well as transitional services for people taking the step into supported living.
With CareTech’s help, people with learning disabilities have the opportunity to live their lives as they choose.
Learning difficulties – Case study
Supporting David to reach his potential
Names have been changed to protect identities.
David has a learning difficulty. He has been living in one of our homes in Hertfordshire since 2006 and is a bright star of the CareTech family.
We have helped David to develop his own independence and support him to take part in what he enjoys.
He has a love of music and ensures he is at the local resource centre to attend the monthly music sessions. He plays along on his guitar and loves to sing as well (also enjoying a round of why are we waiting’ at lunchtimes). Clearly a performer, David also enjoys the drama sessions he has every Tuesday with a drama teacher at his home.
David is an active, independent man who enjoys many activities in his daily life and is very helpful to the staff at the resource centre and in his home. At lunchtime he likes to help staff in the kitchen and enjoys baking, even telling the staff what ingredients they need to use. David uses his creative skills to help decorate for theme days such as a recent ‘Hollywood day’.
David also likes to make good use of the computers at the resource centre and at home. He has a typewriter, which he uses to keep in contact with all his friends and family.
Due to his learning difficulty, David gets the best support living at a CareTech home, but he loves it when his mum, dad and brother come to visit. David is very social and loves to spend time with his friends and family.