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Adults with learning disabilities 'receive less help at home than in care'

Adults with learning disabilities 'receive less help at home than in care'
16th September 2008

Adults with learning disabilities in Scotland who live at home receive less help and care than those who are living in supported accommodation, according to a new report.

The Missed Out, Missing Out study from the charity Quarriers found there is a lack of tailored life plans for vulnerable adults in certain local authorities, the Herald reports.

Moreover, it found that some adults with such disabilities living at home have become something of an "invisible" population.

According to the news provider, report author Lucy Johnston commented that care provision should not be driven by where, or with whom, a person lives.

Quarriers chief executive Phil Robinson added: "Our challenge is to acknowledge the 'hidden' people in our communities and ensure they are no longer missing out."

Last month, the Press and Journal reported that the Scottish government is investing £1 million in a university research network which has the aim of improving the diagnosis and treatment of dementia.

Based in Glasgow, Grampian, Lothian and Tayside, the project is to focus on patient-centred clinical studies and hopes to generate new scientific discoveries.

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