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Thinking Ahead: a planning guide for families

Thinking Ahead: a planning guide for families

A guide to support families in talking about, and planning for, the future. Download this version to read, save to your computer or print.

Thinking Ahead: a planning guide for families (rewriteable version)

A guide to support families in talking about, and planning for, the future. You can download and save this version on your computer, write your ideas in the tables and templates and save for future reference and updating.

I'm Thinking Ahead

I'm Thinking Ahead

An easy to read book for people with learning disabilities to help to think and talk about plans for the future. Download this version to read, save to your computer or print.

I'm Thinking Ahead (rewriteable version)

An easy to read book for people with learning disabilities to help to think and talk about plans for the future. You can download and save this version on your computer, put your thoughts in the tick-boxes and tables and  save for future reference and updating.
I'm Thinking Ahead

Thinking Ahead: Improving support for people with learning disabilities and their families to plan for the future

A short report about the research and development work behind the planning guide as well as recommendations to implement good practice in planning the future in your area.

Keeping an eye on things

How to support people with learning disabilities and/or autism to take part in their Annual Review

This guide is written for family carers and support providers supporting people with learning disabilities and/or autism to take part in their annual review with Adult Social Care. You can use it to help people participate, particularly those who find meetings stressful, difficult or boring. It also includes ideas to help people who do not feel able to go to meetings, to contribute in other ways.

Keeping an eye on things

Keeping an eye on things

This section of Thinking Ahead: A Planning guide for Families tells families about:

  • Some of the things to think about when choosing somewhere to live and/or choosing support
  • Some tips for families about how to keep an eye on, and contribute to, the quality of support
  • Information about what a family should do if they have concerns about the quality of support
People with Learning Disabilities as Carers

People with Learning Disabilities as Carers

An easy to read presentation about people with learning disabilities having a caring role.

Being a carer and having a carers assessment

Being a Carer and Having a Carer’s Assessment

An easy to read resource pack to help people with learning disabilities, who help to look after someone else, to have a carers’ assessment and get the support they need.

Growing Older Evaluation Toolkit

Growing Older Evaluation Toolkit

The toolkit provides an assessment tool and action plan for organisations to improve support to people with learning disabilities as they grow older. It can also be used by families to check the quality of their relative’s support.support

I'm Thinking Ahead

Planning Ahead: supporting families to shape the future after a diagnosis of dementia (chapter in Intellectual Disability and Dementia)

This book chapter, written by Christine Towers and Heather Wilkinson, is based on the ideas in Thinking Ahead for planning the future. It suggests ways in which practitioners can support families to think about the options, following a diagnosis of dementia, to make sure their relative is supported in a person-centred way.

I'm Thinking Ahead

Talking Together: facilitating peer support activities to help people with learning disabilities understand about growing older and living with dementia

This handbook describes 20 activities to help people with learning disabilities to think and talk about the changes that may occur as they get older. The activities will be helpful to a variety of people including those working in housing and support, daytime activities and community teams.