Course Profile

Course Profile: Learning Disability & the Ageing Process (1 Day)
Age related conditions generally manifest themselves over a period of time; thus the needs and independence of people change. This course aims to provide learners with the knowledge to recognise, observe and take positive action to support these changing needs in order to maximise and enhance service users’ quality of life.
The course is informed by guidance: NICE quality standards QS86 & QS50, NICE Guidance CG42,, BILD, Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, CIPOLD and Health Inequalities Framework 2013.
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF: HWB 5.2
The Care Certificate: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9 & 10
QCF:  HSC 026; 2004; 2014; 2015; LD 202; 203, 208K
The course is designed for health and social care workers in the field of Learning Disabilities in all settings.
The course will help organisations to deliver the CQC Fundamental Standards
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:
  • The process of ageing—what social, psychological and physical changes may occur
  • The effects of bereavement and loss
  • How ageing can impact on people’s self esteem/self image and affect their motivation
  • How life style can cause illness and disease   
  • The common Mental Health needs that may arise in later years
  • A variety of age-related conditions and the impact these may have on the person
  • The physical impairments that may develop e.g. Hearing, sight, mobility
  • What is meant by ‘quality of life’
  • How dependency can develop-encouraging independence
  • Statistical links between Learning Disabilities and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Society’s attitude to ageing and Learning Disabilities
  • The changing care and support needs and levels of dependency
  • The role and responsibilities of the support worker
  • Observation, Awareness and understanding of the specific needs of Service Users
  • What is meant by Person Centred care & Service User rights; what this means in practice
  • The use of Medication—positive and negative
  • The impact on others involved
  • The safety needs—the impact of change and the relevance of Risk Assessment
  • Relevant legislation and professional guidelines
Training methods utilised include: Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, Handouts, Small and larger Group Work, Chalk & Talk, Ideas Shower