The majority of people with learning disabilities are likely to die whilst living
in a service setting. This invaluable new book, written by two leading practitioners
in the field, will raise the awareness of everyone involved in enabling people
with learning disabilities to be treated with respect and dignity as they approach
death. Full of practical advice, the book can be used by service managers to
assess how well their services are currently prepared for this important phase
in their clients’ lives, with a view to developing policies based on good practice.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
STUART TODD is Senior Research Fellow at the Welsh Centre for Learning
Disabilities, Cardiff University. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed
and professional journals, and has contributed a chapter on the historical relationship
between death and disability to Palliative Care and Learning Disability. (Ed.
S. Read, in press). He is currently writing a writing an in-depth book on the
difference learning disability makes to death and dying.
NOELLE BLACKMAN is an Assistant Director of Respond, London, and Vice
Chair-Person of the Network for the Palliative Care of People with Learning
Disabilities (UK). She is the author of Loss and Learning Disability (Worth
Publishing 2003), the editor of Living With Loss (Pavilion, 1999) a joint author
of When Somebody Dies, (St. George‘s Hospital Medical School, 2003), and has
also contributed to peer-reviewed journals.
This book will be of interest and practical benefit to direct care staff and
managers in residential services for people with learning disabilities. It will
also be of value to parents and families of learning disabled people.