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Helping families understand decisions taken by a relative with learning disabilities

Feedback from a relative highlighted the advantages of working closely with families and carers of people with learning disabilities

Feedback from a relative highlighted the advantages of working closely with families and carers of people with learning disabilities

Working with families can be a challenge, particularly when people have long-term support needs that mean they struggle to function independently and rely on others for help.

However, it is also essential that we as learning disability nurses respect people’s choices, and if they have capacity allow them to make ‘unwise’ decisions.

One experience, and the feedback I received during it, stood out for me and highlighted the importance of trying to engage with families and support them and our service users to have a mutual understanding of issues.

It involved a service user I had worked with for a long time. They have a learning disability and mental health problems. This proud and independent person has never wanted their family

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