Working with Older Adults with Learning Disabilities 30 August 2023

Working with older adults with learning disabilities

Course details

Date: 30 August 2023
Time: 1430 – 1600 hrs (GMT)
Session Type: Live, interactive ZOOM session
CPD Accreditation: 2 CPD Hours

Course Overview

Learning disability is a significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information, to learn new skills (impaired intelligence), with a reduced ability to cope independently (impaired social functioning). This course provides an overview of the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively manage and provide person-centred care for older adults with learning disabilities residing in nursing homes. In addition, the participants will explore the unique challenges faced by this population, learn strategies for assessment and care planning, and develop competencies in communication, behavioural management, and promoting quality of life. 

Who Should Attend?

  1. Nursing Staff: Registered nurses, practice nurses, and nursing assistants directly involved in the daily care of residents with learning disabilities. 
  2. Care Managers and Coordinators: Professionals responsible for coordinating care plans, assessments, and interdisciplinary communication within the nursing home setting.
  3. Caregivers and Direct Support Professionals including healthcare assistants: Individuals providing direct care and support to residents with learning disabilities in nursing home settings.

Course Aims 

This course aims to provide participants with an understanding of the unique challenges and considerations involved in supporting and caring for older adults with learning disabilities. 

Course Objectives

  1. Understand the characteristics and needs of adults with learning disabilities in the context of nursing home care.
  2. Develop person-centred care plans tailored to the unique needs and preferences of adults with learning disabilities.
  3. Utilise effective communication strategies to promote understanding and engagement with residents.
  4. Implement behaviour management techniques to address challenging behaviours and promote a calm and supportive environment.
  5. Promote physical and mental well-being through appropriate healthcare, nutrition, and exercise interventions.
  6. Collaborate effectively with interdisciplinary teams, families, and caregivers to provide holistic care.
  7. Understand and apply legal and ethical considerations in the care of adults with learning disabilities in nursing homes.
  8. Reflect on personal biases and promote an inclusive and respectful environment for residents.

Course Outline

  • Definition and prevalence of learning disabilities in adults
  • Challenges and considerations in nursing home care
  • Person-centered approach and dignity in care
  • Communication barriers and strategies
  • Alternative communication methods
  • Building rapport and trust with residents
  • Understanding challenging behaviours in adults with learning disabilities
  • De-escalation techniques and crisis intervention
  • Promoting positive behaviour support
  • Healthcare management considerations for adults with learning disabilities
  • Nutrition, exercise, and self-care interventions
  • Addressing mental health needs and promoting emotional well-being
  • Informed consent and capacity assessments
  • Ethical dilemmas and decision-making 

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