Who we work with:
We work with a wide range of service users who have a learning disability (LD), ranging from those who have a mild Learning Disability to those with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities
What we do:
We provide diet advice and support to service users to improve their approach to nutrition and to manage their weight where needed. People with Learning Disabilities sometimes have poor physical health and a poor life expectancy. By addressing and supporting physical health needs we can improve people’s overall health and quality of life. We recognise that not everyone’s needs are the same and we make sure that any support is tailored to each individual by providing them with relevant information and guidance
We work closely with speech and language therapists, as part of a wider multidisciplinary team, to manage the nutritional requirements of service users with complex needs. We also liaise with dietetic colleagues working in mainstream services to help support to service users who are admitted to hospital.
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The service we provide includes:
- Inpatient and community dietetic assessments and reviews
- Providing healthy eating advice
- Help people lose weight if they are overweight (weight management)
- Help people gain weight if they are underweight (nutrition support)
- Manage feeding regimes for those with a Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) (enteral feeding)
- Multi-disciplinary team working
- Deliver training sessions to support clients and staff.