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Our home care and respite care services are designed to empower people with learning disabilities, giving them the confidence to enjoy a full and independent life.


Supporting people to live a full life

Just like everyone else, people with learning disabilities want to live as full and rewarding a life as possible, with choice and independence available to them. Our learning disability care at home is carefully curated to help you or your loved one achieve this.

We understand that even the smallest amount of support can make a huge difference in improving self-esteem and independence, and our professional care assistants have the specialist knowledge and extensive practical experience to support those with many different aspects of learning disabilities.

Learning disabilities vary considerably from one person to another and may be mild, moderate or more complex. They also may be associated with physical or emotional issues. They can have an impact on behaviour, relationships, learning, communication and social skills. Regardless of the learning disability you or your family member experiences our highly trained carers are committed to providing person-centred support that focuses on skills, abilities and wellbeing, and enables you or your loved one to live a fulfilled life.

On this page we take a closer look at how we can help those with learning disabilities, focusing on:


The kind of care we provide for people with learning disabilities

How we can help

Our support packages

Caremark’s accreditations and regulations

Care costs and funding information

How you can find out more about our learning disabilities care at home

A little support goes a long way

With tailored support from our Caremark carers we can help those with learning disabilities lead a full, rewarding and independent life. Our support can range from general domestic duties through to more personal and emotional assistance, helping with areas such as communication and social skills. When we meet with you or your loved one, we take full account of your age, requirements and individual circumstances, before devising a detailed care plan.

Some of the support we offer includes:


  • Assistance with light domestic duties: including tidying, vacuuming and dusting; and changing and washing bedsheets 

  • Help with food shopping, food preparation and cooking
  • Support with eating and drinking at regular times or at mealtimes
  • Washing up after meals or afternoon tea
  • Support with washing, dressing and grooming, such as help with cleaning teeth, shaving, foot care and applying creams and make-up
  • Companionship, friendship and reassurance: including support with joining in sports and leisure activities, meeting friends, developing communication skills, and community engagement
  • Practical help with learning how to budget, manage bills and collect pensions
  • Support with ordering prescriptions and managing medication

  • Respite care for families with learning disabled dependents

Your local Caremark team can give you more details about our care for people with learning disabilities, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by filling out the form below.

How we can help

Thousands of people in the UK have a learning disability that affects their daily life. Our fully trained and experienced carers can support you or your loved one, however you experience life. Whether it’s through live-in or respite care or frequent daily visits, our care assistants concentrate on their client’s gifts and strengths and empower them to be as independent as possible, using a combination of teaching, encouragement and ongoing support we can help people with specific learning disabilities, including autism, Down Syndrome and transitioning into adulthood with a learning disability.

Our care assistants can help encourage socialising and hobbies, as well as giving extra support with language, learning and speech. Often our carers become friends and our companion support service is a popular extra to support with personal care, domestic duties, and meal preparation.

Our support packages for people with learning disabilities

We can provide bespoke care for people with learning disabilities with all our short or long-term home care services. Depending on your or your loved one’s needs we can flexibly combine our learning disabilities care with any of the below services. Our aim is to try and help you or your friend or relative to live as independently as possible, choosing the right level of support for when it is needed most:

  • Live-in care: ongoing daily and nighttime support in your or your loved one’s own home. The carer often becomes a great companion or friend. Many people with learning disabilities rely on their family for support but with a live-in carer it is entirely possible for you or your loved one to live independently or work towards doing so. Read more about Live-in care here.

  • PatchCare® services: designed to combat loneliness and help clients enjoy tailored visits at regular intervals throughout the day. This kind of support is ideal for those needing little and often and can be used to build confidence surrounding day-to-day tasks, including domestic duties and personal care. Read more about PatchCare® here and to discover if PatchCare® services are available in your area.

  • Respite care: Caremark carers can visit your or your loved one’s home to give the main (unpaid) carer a much-needed break away from their day-to-day duties, enabling them to recharge and revive. Read more about Respite care here.

  • Companionship care: companionship and friendship can be so important to improving social skills and self-esteem. We can introduce you or your loved one to new groups, hobbies and socialising possibilities, and we can help you/them to learn key socialising and relationship skills too. Read more about Companionship care here.

“I would just like to acknowledge how wonderful my sister’s carers are. They go above and beyond to make sure my sister has everything she needs. They are always cheerful and chatty. No fault can be found with the service these two ladies provide. I am extremely impressed.”

Relative of a client, Caremark West Berkshire & Reading


“I would like to recognise all the care workers who come out to Alexis. Alexis enjoys seeing them all, and they all have a great way with her. This has been the best service we have ever received!”

Relative of a client, Caremark North Down, Ards & Belfast

Learning disabilities care you can trust

To ensure the highest standard of care and give you the ultimate peace of mind, our services in England are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). In Wales our services are regulated by the Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW), and in Northern Ireland by the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA). We also have membership with the United Kingdom Home Care Association (UKHCA).

Care costs and funding for people with learning disabilities

Financing care at home for learning disabilities varies depending on the office involved. For further information and to receive a personalised quote, please get in touch with the team at your local office by filling out the form below.

In a few circumstances learning disabilities care can be funded. It’s a good idea to talk to your local council to see if you might be entitled to financial support.


Arranging a carer's assessment

Arranged through your local council, a carer’s assessment is designed to see what might help make your life (caring for your loved one) easier. It’s a chance to discuss your needs with your local council so they can decide how best to support you. If they feel you need support they’ll work with you to put together a care plan, which might include using respite services. Your loved one should also have a needs assessment, which is organised through their local council so extra support can be arranged if appropriate.


Financial assessment

If you or your loved one are found to need support, your local council will carry out a financial assessment to discover what you can afford to pay. If you are eligible for financial support to pay for learning disabilities care, your local council can arrange these services for you or you can choose to receive direct payments and arrange the care privately.


Direct payments

Caremark can accept direct payments for learning disabilities care. Please contact your local office here for further information about how this works.


Funding from charities and funds

There are a few grants, funds and charities that may be able to help with funding to pay for learning disabilities care. Click here to find out more.


No hidden fees

We aim to be upfront with you about our fees and leave nothing hidden so you or your loved one know what you’re paying for in advance, before you agree to it. Please don’t hesitate to contact your local office by filling out the form below for further information and an exact quote or to find out more about your options.


More information

Age UK have put together this helpful guide to paying for home care.
For more information read our guide to paying for home care. 

Click here to read about our care for people with physical disabilities.

Would you like further information about our learning disabilities care

If you would like more details about our care for people with learning disabilities, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by filling out the form below. Your local Caremark team will be in touch to discuss your needs and guide you through your options.

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