Learning disability services

There are many different types of learning disabilities and we pride ourselves by adapting our care programs to suit all individual needs. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you would like to discuss our learning disability services further or are unable to find the information you are after on this website.

Learning disabilities (LD) are neurological disorders that can make it difficult to acquire certain academic and social skills. They are not the result of poor intelligence or laziness.

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Most people with a learning disability are treated as ‘different’. They do not have the same control over their own lives as the rest of our society and face challenges and prejudice every day.

Facts About Learning Disability

Most people with a learning disability are treated as ‘different’. They do not have the same control over their own lives as the rest of our society and face challenges and prejudice every day.

  • Less than 1 in 5 people with a learning disability work (compared with 1 in 2 disabled people generally), but we know that at least 65% of people with a learning disability want to work. At PrimeLife we encourage all of our residents to take part in day centre activities offering training and support for those with learning difficulties to help acquire skills that not only support independent living, but could also be useful in the world of work.
  • Just 1 in 3 people with a learning disability take part in some form of education or training.
  • Children with a learning disability are often socially excluded and 8 out of 10 children with a learning disability are bullied. At PrimeLife we are aware of the fact that many of our adult residents may have experienced difficulties in childhood that have further added to the problems they face as adults. By taking a sympathetic approach, encouraging interaction with other members and providing many social opportunities we can help our residents to adapt to living in a group environment – and build relationships not only with staff but other residents as well.
  • At least half of all adults with a learning disability live in the family home – meaning that many don’t get the same chances as other people to gain independence, learn key skills and make choices about their own lives. Making the choice for your son or daughter to live in a care home can often be a difficult choice to make – both for the child and parent. However we often find within a very short space of time, families are experiencing the positive and life changing effect this can have on everyone.
  • 58,000 people with a learning disability are supported by day care services.
  • People with a learning disability are 58 times more likely to die aged under 50 than other people. And four times as many people with a learning disability die of preventable causes as people in the general population.
  • 75% of GPs have received no training to help them treat people with a learning disability.
  • Less than a third of people with a learning disability have some choice of who they live with, and less than half have some choice over where they live.
  • 7 out of 10 families caring for someone with profound and multiple learning disabilities have reached or come close to ‘breaking point’ because of a lack of short break services.
  • 29,000 adults with a learning disability live with parents aged 70 or over, many of whom are too old or frail to continue in their caring role. In only 1 in 4 of these cases have local authorities planned alternative housing.

At PrimeLife we focus on integrating our adult clients with learning difficulties in to the community around them, and help them to become a key member of their home. Through planned and specific activities at the homes, to attendance at day centres, and community groups, we work to promote independence.

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Discuss Our Learning Disability Care Services Today

To learn more about the learning disability care services, which the experienced team here at PrimeLife provide, be sure to phone us on 0800 0463920 or click here to request one of our brochures.