The role of the nurse in assessing mobility decline in older people with intellectual disabilities
Sophie Nelson Intellectual disability student, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Eileen Carey Lecturer, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
People with intellectual disability, until recently, had notably earlier mortality rates than the general population, but many are now living into their fifties, sixties and beyond. Many older people with intellectual disabilities lose the ability to perform activities of daily living, which is termed ‘mobility decline’, and this has implications for service planners and intellectual disability nurses (RNIDs), who must provide appropriately designed services, and ensure they are equipped to meet the needs of this ageing population. This article highlights the importance of the role of RNIDs in assessing mobility, as part of the holistic assessment of older adults with intellectual disability, and describes a variety of resources practitioners can use.
Learning Disability Practice. 19, 9, 19-24. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2016.e1776Correspondence
This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated softwareConflict of interest
Received: 29 June 2016
Accepted: 19 September 2016