The approach to delivering care for service users with learning disabilities should maximise independence and autonomy and be based on the concepts of respect for human rights and person-centred care provision. Service users with learning disabilities should be treated with respect as individuals and have the same opportunities as other people to lead full and active lives.
The potential vulnerability of service users with learning disabilities to abuse mean that services providing for their care must have in place the highest standards of safeguarding and care, including whistleblowing policies, good quality staff training and the full implementation of safeguards included in the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
The Covid-19 pandemic presented specific challenges for people with learning disabilities. Difficulties understanding rules about social distancing and infection control proved particularly challenging and with routines being severely disrupted, restricted visits and outings, this had significant impact on individuals and a cause of heightened anxiety.
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