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Resources and Information
Information for family carers to get the support they need and put emergency plans in place.
A guide for family carers, people in their network and organisations providing support.
Guidance and template to make an emergency plan.
This resource on emergency planning is part of Thinking Ahead: a planning guide for families. It can help families to think about what they can put in place to prevent an emergency turning into a crisis.
A guide to support families in talking about, and planning for, the future. Download this version to read, save to your computer or print.
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.
Individual sections of the guide (print version)
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.
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.
A template to help people plan for their review. Use it to think about what’s working well and what could be better. Make sure discussions at the meeting are focused on what is important to the person whose review it is. Comments can be written under headings for topics you are likely to want to cover in a review. There is space for the views of:
- the person whose review it is
- their family carers
- providers of support
Download and save this version, to write in text boxes and share with others to add comments.
Download this version to read or print and fill in by hand.
A guide written for family carers and support providers who are helping people to take part in their annual review (and other meetings) with Adult Social Care. 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.
This section of Thinking Ahead: A Planning guide for Families gives information about:
- things to think about when choosing somewhere to live and/or choosing support
- tips for families about how to keep an eye on, and contribute to, the quality of support
- what to do if they have concerns about the quality of support
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.
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
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.
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.