We agree with NICE in their recently issued guidelines for people with Learning Disabilities that councils and health bodies should make sure that people with learning disabilities can access well-designed services and staff with the right skills so they can live in the community like everyone else.
The guideline also emphasises the need to plan ahead to reduce the chances of a crisis arising and calls for resources to be in place to respond quickly, for example by providing an out-of-hours helpline.
NICE says adults with learning disabilities who have behaviour that challenges should be offered the option of living on their own if they prefer this and can get appropriate support to do so. As an alternative they can be offered shared housing with a small number of people.
The guideline says each person should have a singled named worker, like a social worker or community nurse, who can have regular meetings with them to discuss their needs.
NICE says people with a learning disability and behaviour that challenges should not be admitted to inpatient units unless all other possible options have been considered and exhausted.