What is a learning disability?

Younger people with learning disabilities, generally have difficulties with day to day activities. They may lack skills or ability, and can have trouble with daily tasks and social skills. They may need help in developing new skills and will need a longer learning period when doing so. Difficulty interacting with new people they meet can also be a problem. 

Learning disabilities can vary from person to person
Someone who has profound or severe learning disabilities, may need full time support and care, whilst a person with a mild learning disability would need less help. 

With the correct care home help and support, many younger people can start to take on a more independent part in everyday life. Young people with learning disabilities may also have special educational needs (SEN).

What types of learning disabilities are there?

There are many kinds of learning disabilities. These vary from severe, moderate and mild types.

Severe Learning Disabilities - Profound, Multiple Learning Disability (PMLD)
More support and care is needed for young people with a severe, profound or multiple learning disability, including help with social skills and communication. Some may also require assistance with mobility, personal hygiene and eating. They may also have difficulties with hearing and seeing. 

Moderate to Mild Learning Disabilities
Younger people who have moderate to mild learning disabilities, will also need help and care as above, but to a lesser degree.

What can cause learning disabilities?

Learning disabilities can occur when brain development is affected, this can happen in early childhood, at birth or even before a person has been born. In some cases, there's no known cause for a learning disability in a younger person. 

Possible causes can arise after illness of the mother during pregnancy, or during birth if there are complications with the baby not getting enough oxygen to the brain.

Those with Down’s Syndrome, Autism, Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy and other conditions will have certain levels of learning disabilities.

About care for younger people with physical and/or learning disabilities at our care homes

We’re here to help
At all our Holmes Care Group homes, our friendly, trained, qualified teams and professional staff provide a 24 hour care and support system for younger people suffering from physical and/or learning disabilities, giving them assistance with everyday rituals such as; professional and safe administration of all medications, help in the morning out of bed and getting dressed, along with everyday assistance with mobility, and encouragement with eating and drinking.

Care Plans for individuals with physical and learning disabilities at our care homes
In all our services, we work with families to formulate care plans which ensure the care we deliver is tailored to the needs of the young person with physical and/or learning disabilities. At Holmes Care Group, we aim to address each residents' individual and varying requirements, so that each person we care for, feels completely supported in every aspect of their life.

At Holmes Care, we know ‘peace of mind’ is an important factor in choosing a care home
Ensuring all young people with physical and learning disabilities are comfortable and happy is a priority, as well as giving them a feeling of ‘being at home’. It’s good to keep busy! Daily activities and many fun events are organised in and out of the home, which all help with giving our residents a better sense of independence and normality. Well-being is a big priority at Holmes Care Group.

There’s no place like home - There’s no place like Holmes Care Group
At all Holmes Care Group homes, nursing homes, residential homes and day care centres, we make every effort to keep everyone, secure, safe, warm and welcome, not only for our residents, but also for family and friends when visiting their loved ones. All our facilities are designed to enhance the lives of everyone living at our care homes. Many of our homes are set in scenic areas, and have excellent outside facilities, including patios and beautiful landscaped gardens. Visiting areas are designed especially for residents and friends and family alike, to feel comfortable and relaxed at our care homes.

If you would like to find out more about our care and nursing care homes that cater for younger people with physical and/or learning disabilities, please click the link below:

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Click here to visit Beechwood Care Home in Wishaw, who specialise in care for younger people with physical and/or learning disabilities

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Kind words from our residents and their families

Baytree Court

Baytree Court is a very relaxed home, pleasant staff and one of the nicest homes I visit, always get a smile. Service users seem happy.

Glenys Newbury - Health Care Community Worker

Almond View Care Home

To all the staff at Almond View - a big thank you for looking after Mum, with such kindness and dedication. Despite living 400 miles away, I always had a good feeling that she was in good hands. When I did visit, the staff without exception, stopped to chat to us even though they were extremely busy. Please accept my heart felt thank you to you all - a real credit to Almond View.


Bankview Care Home

Thank you for the excellent level of care that my father, Frank Boyle, has received. Bankview demonstrated for us the template for a care home and how it should feel and be run. Friendly, welcoming, excellent care levels, length of time staff remain loyal to the home and above all a clear and comforting atmosphere of great leadership.

Barbara and Jan

Social Work Department

Bankview Day care is welcoming and homely, meeting a wide range of needs with well trained staff and individual care for each client.

Bankview Day Care Centre

Bankview Day Care Centre

I understand why mum loves coming to Bank view Day-care it’s a home from home and the activities offered are excellent

J Campbell

Bankview Day Care Centre

The day care centre has made a huge difference to my life. Best thing I ever done, my week was boring now I have days out and shopping trips and good company.

R Burns

Baytree Court Care Home

We can not thank you enough for all the care, support and attention the staff at Baytree Court have given Marc. The staff have always given their time and support to us on visits which has meant a great deal.

Doreen and Yvonne

Beechwood Care Home

Both mum and I were most impressed with Beechwood and we have decided that is where we would like Dad to come to. You have put both mine and mum's minds at rest knowing that Dad will be looked after.

Thank You

Susan Gibson

K Macdonald in memory of my Aunt Jean

I can't exaggerate the admiration I have for the management and staff of Craigielea. I've never experienced so much patience, coaxing, kindness and care. These people share their lives and emotions, laugh and cry and mourn for the people who entrust themselves to care.

Craigielea Care Home

J Ellis in memory of Steve

The staff talked about my best friend being an inspiration to them, despite his illness It made me change my approach with him, instead of being despondent and sad, I spoke with him the way we had always been with each other. The staff saw him as a person.

Craigielea Care Home

Shelagh Goldie

My uncle, who is a retired GP, recently visited Dad on a trip over from Canada and commented that Craigielea is one of the best places he has ever seen in his experience of elderly care units. Very homely, calm, relaxing and wonderful staff. Keep up the fantastic work you do!


Grandholm Care Home

In all my visits I have been most impressed with the Care and Attention shown by all your staff, who are professional and courteous at all times. We are always welcomed with a friendly smile which makes us feel very much part of the home and being involved

J Barber

Grandholm Care Home

Please accept my sincere congratulations for performance and efficiency of Grandholm Care Home. The home provides a very professional, caring and motivational environment with an abundance of patience and understanding. The home is a credit to your team and one of the best in Aberdeen.

I McCormack

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