New NICE guidance on growing older

Earlier this year, the DSA was pleased to be involved in shaping new guidance around growing older with a learning disability.

We responded to a National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) consultation on developing new standards for services to adopt. These have now been published. It covers all settings where care and support is provided, and is intended for commissioners, service providers, health, social care practitioners, and the public.

Quality statements: 

Statement 1 People growing older with a learning disability are actively involved when their care and support needs are being assessed.

Statement 2 People growing older with a learning disability have a named lead practitioner.

Statement 3 People growing older with a learning disability are involved in developing a plan for the future and reviewing it at least annually.

Statement 4 People growing older with a learning disability have an annual health check, which is used to update their health action plan.

Statement 5 People growing older with a learning disability meet hospital staff before any planned hospital admission to agree arrangements that make the stay easier for them.

You can read the full report here.

You might also be interested to note that the DSA has produced a booklet on growing older with a learning disability.