Learning Disability - Apollo Home Healthcare

Learning Disability

The right level of support to meet your needs

For the many people living with a learning disability, their daily lives can be affected in a variety of ways. A learning disability can be mild, moderate or severe, and the level of support that we provide depends on the individual’s needs and wishes.

Our service provides fully trained dedicated Support Workers and Healthcare Assistants to empower children, young people and adults who suffer with a variety of learning disabilities to live their best life. Our person-centred approach encourages meaningful activity and relationships. We endeavour for our clients to exercise more control over their lives and experience greater levels of inclusion, independence, and choice.

Creating your bespoke package of care

When developing a bespoke package of care, we will work with family members along with multidisciplinary teams to create a package of support that meets your clinical, social care and personal needs.

We consider the practical and clinical elements of our client’s care alongside the emotional and social support aspects associated with daily life. We have vast experience of delivering complex care in the home and this has equipped us to support our clients and their families.

Our Registered Nurses come highly trained and experienced in their field of expertise and are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery council (NMC). They can use their clinical decision-making skills to ensure that our client’s care plan adapts with their changing needs and requirements.

How we support you

The care we can provide at home is with our highly trained Healthcare Assistants. This includes:

  • Supporting multiple clinical needs.
  • Supporting with all activities of daily living including personal care.
  • Working towards independence with personal care tasks.
  • Working to support you with the use of technology to assist with independence.
  • Attending social and educational settings.
  • Prevention and intervention of behaviour that challenges.
  • Discovering new hobbies, getting out and having fun.

Our experience in delivering complex care in the community has meant that most of the clients we look after suffer with a severe learning disability (known as Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD)). Someone with PMLD would have other disabilities or clinical needs that significantly affect their ability to communicate and be independent.

There is a wide range of conditions that children and adults with PMLD may have. We work with individuals who have congenital, birth injury, profound and multiple learning disability, down syndrome, autistic spectrum, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy. Many clients require oxygen, tube feeding or suctioning. Some of our clients have conditions that are described as ‘life-limiting’. Others have fragile health and may be susceptible to conditions like chest infections and gastro-intestinal conditions.

Many of the clients that we look after who have PMLD do not use formal communication, such as speech, symbols, or signs. They tend to rely on facial expressions, vocal sounds, body language and behaviour to communicate. Our staff spend time getting to know these ways of communication to interpret reactions and find effective ways to interact.

We have vast experience of developing bespoke packages of care that can not only support your clinical needs but also promotes independence empowerment and choice.

What is a Learning Disability?

A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability and difficulty with everyday activities – for example household tasks, socialising or managing money, which affects someone for their whole life.

People with a learning disability tend to take longer to learn and may need support to develop new skills, understand complicated information and interact with other people.

Talk to us about your individual care needs