Right to choose should be respected


Posted on July 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Research into residential provision for people with learning disabilities has stressed the need to respect the right of individuals to make informed choices about where they live. The research, commissioned by the Department of Health and carried out by the Hester Adrian Research Centre, looked at the quality, costs and outcomes of the different types of residential provision and found benefits and weaknesses associated with each. The research findings indicated that local authorities may be failing to conform to the Department’s guidance on choice of residential provision for people with learning disabilities and Health Minister John Hutton has said the Social Services Inspectorate will be checking to ensure that the Department’s guidance is being properly implemented. “Authorities should respect the right of individuals to make informed choices about they live, including for placements in village communities, wherever their preferred choice can meet their assessed needs and is affordable,” Mr Hutton said.





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