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Living and support arrangements

Almost all people with learning disabilities live either with their family who are family carers, or in rented accommodation with support from paid carers (who are employed by private/charitable provider organizations, not the NHS or social work).

Paid carer support can be 24 hour care with waking/sleeping night cover or it can mean a couple of hours through the week to help with budgeting / shopping. It is important to quantify the level of support.

It is also important to note that not all paid care staff will have good knowledge of an individual. Some paid carers will know the person with a learning disability well and others may be relief cover. It is good practice to request familiar carers attend for the Learning Disability health review.

Some persons live independently without carer support.