If you are caring for someone with a learning disability, we understand that sometimes it’s not easy. Professional support might be something that would help both you and the person you are caring for. This article will help you decide if you need support, and direct you to the right services for your loved one.
A learning disability will present itself in different ways for every single person. One common feature is a low intelligence level and a reduced ability to understand new or complex information. People who suffer from a learning disability may also struggle to cope independently and require help to complete everyday tasks.
According to Gov.UK, there are approximately 1.3 million people living with a learning disability in England. This includes over 950,000 adults aged 18 or over.
Learning difficulties and learning disabilities are commonly thought to be the same thing but this is not the case.
A learning difficulty is a type of special educational need that affects areas of learning. Whilst this has variable levels of severity and can impact a person’s life, a learning difficulty does not impact the level of a person’s intelligence, nor does it affect their ability to complete everyday tasks in the way that a learning disability does. Some examples of learning difficulties are:
If someone you love is living with a learning disability, you may be considering reaching out for support for them.
We have put together some questions to consider to help you decide if you need some additional support to care for your family member:
If you have answered yes to some of these questions then it may be time to consider some additional support to help you care for your loved one.
The type of support your family member will require is dependent on how much care they require and whether they need financial or practical support or both.
If you are looking into financial support for someone with a learning disability, there are several benefits that they may be eligible for. These include:
If practical support is what you are looking into for your loved one, at Butterfly’s we have different types of support depending on the level of care they require:
There are many organisations that offer support if you are caring for someone with a learning disability. We have listed some that may be useful to you:
Butterfly’s Care Group supports people with learning disability care requirements across Essex.
If you would like to know more about the services we offer, please contact us. We would be happy to hear from you and discuss what we can do to help your loved one.