Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

CARE IN THE COMMUNITY 'INCREASES QUALITY OF LIFE'

  • Comment
New research has found that fewer than one in three learning-disabled people has a friend who does not have a simil...
New research has found that fewer than one in three learning-disabled people has a friend who does not have a similar disability or is not paid to look after them, reports The Guardian (p8).

The study, which highlights the often empty lives of people with mental handicap or with learning difficulties, gives a powerful endorsement to the policy of care in the community.

According to the research, just four in every hundred people in this sector have a job. And more than 80% of people with learning disability are so inactive that they are at risk of heart disease.

But it found that learning-disabled people enjoy a better quality of life when they live in dispersed, supported housing in the community. They are likely to have greater social contact, exercise more choice and take less medication.

A government circular, arriving on health planners' desks today, warns that keeping former patients together on residential campuses when long-stay hospital are closed is likely to mean they have 'significantly poorer' quality of life than if they move into dispersed housing.

The cicular points out that the research did find some benefits in 'village communities' such as the 30 Camphill communities for 1,500 learning-disabled adults. But such schemes have played little part so far in the hospital closure programme.

The two-year study was carried out by a team lead by the Hester Adrian research centre at Manchester University.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.