Do you recognise pain in someone with a learning difficulty and dementia?

Heather Wilkinson, Diana Kerr, Colm Cunningham

A set of resources to help care staff, GPs and carers to recognise and treat pain in people who have a learning difficulty and dementia.

People with learning difficulties are living longer, which means they are more likely to develop the conditions of older age, such as dementia. Someone with a learning difficulty and dementia may not be able to communicate that they are in pain and it can be ignored or mistaken for challenging behaviour.

These resources, which are free to download, build on research published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in 2006, and include:

  • a poster highlighting symptoms and common causes of pain in people with a learning difficulty and dementia;
  • a factsheet for care staff and carers, summing up key findings from the research;
  • a guide for GPs; and
  • a guide for care staff and carers.


Pain dementia care guide (126.53 KB, PDF)

A factsheet for care staff and carers (152.73 KB, PDF)

GP pain dementia care guide (165.34 KB, PDF)

Poster (191.12 KB, PDF)

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