Meeting the Health Needs of Older People with Learning Disabilities

Robert Jenkins

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Abstract The increasing population of older people with learning disabilities may lead to higher demand for contact with registered nurses. To date, little research has been undertaken regarding the role of registered nurses in meeting the health and care needs of this client group. In this article, the author reports on the second stage of a three-stage research study that used six case studies to explore this issue. Implications for nursing were identified in areas such as health needs, record keeping, medication, advocacy, social aspects, ageing in place, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) feeding, spirituality and end-of-life care. The author concludes that registered nurses will need to continue to remain up to date to meet the complex needs of older individuals with learning disabilities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)468 - 473
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2012


  • learning disabilities
  • older people
  • nursing
  • complex needs


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