People with a learning difficulty can face particular challenges if they or someone close to them need palliative and end of life care. There is a risk they may experience poorer quality care because their specific needs are not always understood or fully considered, and that they may find it difficult to cope with events like death and grief.

They may also not be experienced in making their own choices, so end of life planning could be a slower process. In cases like these, it is particularly important to make sure that people have access to information they can understand to help with these decisions

The new series covers two main themes: ‘Living with an illness that you will probably die from’, and ‘Caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from’. Both have booklets addressing issues like how to remain comfortable and happy, work and money.

The booklets use clear, non-technical language presented alongside pictures. They are available online and can also be ordered in hard copy format.

To download the booklets visit Marie Curie’s easy read booklets

source e-hospice 17.07.17