This article outlines a guideline for best practice for caring for people with a learning disability and dysphagia. Drawn from an expert working group, it provides guidance for carers and professionals and covers the topic comprehensively from diagnosing the cause of the dysphagia to managing medication, care planning and legal issues.
This safety standard is aimed at healthcare organisations providing inpatient care for mental health (MH) and learning disability (LD) patients. It requires them to make proper provision for life support and resuscitation for these patients.
This report is drawn from a literature review, meetings with families and patients with learning disabilities and focus groups with health and social care staff.