Medicine ManagementPeople With Learning DisabilitiesOften Struggle With TheirMedicine, So Let’s Learn How TheyCope…
Day To Day Life With A LearningDisabilityA few things to remember when thinking about learning disabilities,which often prevent those with learning disabilities from practicingproper medicines management, include;• Fewer than 1 in 5 people with a learning disability are able to work.• This is lower than disabled people generally, where the rate is 1 in 2.• Coupled with the inability to work, many learning disabled peopleare unable to care for themselves and rely on carers.This brings about a range of difficulties when it comes to medicalcare, as people who are learning disabled are likely to have to takemultiple medicines – possibly on a daily basis.Keeping up with such a regimen may be difficult or impossible forthose with learning disabilities.
What Are The Difficulties OfAdministering Medication?There are many difficulties in administering medication topeople with learning disabilities including;• Many children have learning disabilities and need to havemedicine given to them by parents or carers.• People with learning disabilities might not recognise theneed to take medicine.• Taking pills may be uncomfortable for those withlearning disabilities, particularly children.• People with learning disabilities may not take theirmedicine because they don’t like the taste.
What Can Be Done To Ease TheseDifficulties?Those capable of administering their ownmedication will wish to keep things as simple aspossible, though the frequency of takingmedication may complicate matters.The ease of taking medicine needs to be takeninto account as it may influence people to not taketheir medication – which may then result in adeterioration of their condition.
What are the options?• Giving carers accurate information on how toproperly administer medication• Using alternative medicines instead of pills suchas liquid medicine, inhalers or patches.• Linking taking medicine to activities, particularlyfor children so that taking their medicine is a funand memorable part of their day.
Why are some people with learningdisabilities able to administer their medicinethemselves?• Those with mild learning disabilities may be able to taketheir own medicine more easily.• If a person has the capacity to take their own medicationthen they have a right to make their own decision ontreatment.• Learning disabilities are very diverse; with a wide range ofdifferent abilities and understandings therefore manypeople may take their own medicine without anyproblems.• Under common law those with the capacity to consent totreatment must make the decision themselves.
Effective Medicines Management ForLearning Disabled People & CarersThere are many different ways in which peoplewith learning disabilities or their carers caneffectively take or give their medication.People with learning disabilities can still take theirmedicine, whether with the help of a carer orthemselves with a proper understanding of thedifficulties learning disabled people have in takingmedicine and the effective solutions to it.
Sources• Image Sources– http://www.flickr.com/photos/dominiquegodbout/5180502739/– http://static.tumblr.com/4c82d99380b3b0251e3ee92e836c4645/0jz1efu/t3ymhtcwk/tumblr_static_pill.jpg• Information Sources– http://www.guardian.co.uk/public-leaders-network/2011/apr/13/employment-learning-disabilities– http://www.ukppg.org.uk/tablets-in-food.html
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