Living in the community after leaving long-stay hospital

Paul Cambridge, Lesley Hayes, Martin Knapp, Erika Gould and Andrew Fenyo

1 October 1994

Long - term hospital and institutional care for people with learning difficulties are rapidly being phased out in favour of living in the community.

A study of people with learning difficulties who had left long-stay hospital residence five years earlier found that significantly better outcomes and opportunities had been achieved in the community at the expense of a modest increase in costs.

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