Adult Learning Disability Services
A learning disability can affect someone’s life in many ways, causing difficulties in learning, communicating and doing everyday things. Learning disabilities have many different causes but are always lifelong. A learning disability does not prevent someone from learning and achieving a lot in life if given the right support. The Western Trust maintains an Informal Register for individuals with a learning disability on which there currently approximately 2,200 people.
Adult Learning Disability Services have a range of hospital, community and facility based services but also contracts with a number of independent service providers.
Learning Disability Day Opportunities
Services are provided in a total of 23 day care facilities across the Trust area. As well as contracts with independent providers. The Trust has undertaken a review of day opportunities and the “opportunities for change” report provides the strategic direction for further development and reform of day services.
Learning Disability Respite Care
Respite care has ten beds and is provided across three facilities:
Dungiven Road, Londonderry
Beltany House, Omagh
Lakeview Hospital, Londonderry
Respite beds are also purchased from a number of independent providers. We intend to explore further respite options including more flexible respite provision to support the needs of families and carers.
Learning Disability in-patient services
Lakeview Hospital provides assessment and treatment for adults and children with learning disability and has 19 adult beds and 5 children’s beds. The hospital is available to all service users with a learning disability.
Learning Disability Community Teams
We are restructuring community teams and propose two Multi-Disciplinary Teams to provide services. Teams will include social workers, nurses, podiatrists, speech therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, behaviour therapists and Crisis Intervention support workers. The Directorate will continue to seek investment to facilitate the ongoing development of the teams.
Learning Disability Residential, Nursing and Supported Living
A range of services are available to support accommodation needs. The Trust provides two residential care homes in the Fermanagh area. The remainder of residential and nursing home places are purchased from the independent sector.
Similarly, there are a variety of supported living facilities where people live within the community but are supported in their daily life by trained staff. The Trust provide a number of places and the remainder are provided by the independent sector.