Care Philosophies

Historically, we have moved from a situation in which adults with learning disabilities were cared for within institutional settings, such as learning disability specialist hospitals, to people being cared for in the community (Gates 2003). Many adults with learning disabilities have been, and will continue to be, cared for at home. Our encounters with adults with learning disabilities as carers, support staff and students tend to focus on those people receiving a higher level of support within a variety of service contexts. You may find yourself working with people to support them within their own homes, as noted above, or complementing the care provided by family members. Other settings may include NHS services, such as assessment and treatment services; social care environments run by local authorities; or private and/or voluntary organisations such as Mencap.

We have moved away from a philosophy according to which the person with a learning disability was cared for to a situation in which we actively seek to work with the person, to enable him/her to develop a greater level of independence with meaningful power and control over the decisions taken within his/her life. To this end, an approach called 'person-centred planning' (PCP) currently influences how staff and carers plan and deliver support with individuals.

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