Policy briefing

Putting person-centred care at the heart of learning disability services

A national framework in Ireland aims to provide person-centred services for people with learning disabilities, their families and carers
Picture shows mental health professional sitting at a table with a woman with Down’s syndrome woman. A national framework in Ireland aims to provide person-centred services for people with learning disabilities and their families and carers.

A national framework in Ireland aims to provide person-centred services for people with learning disabilities, their families and carers

Essential facts

In Ireland about 28,388 people with a learning disability receive services funded by the state and the voluntary sector ( Hourigan et al 2018 ). Most support is provided in institutions and large congregated settings, although some individualised independent supported living exists, and this is increasing slowly ( Keenan 2017a ).

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