Published 7th August 2023
Did you know constipation can be a life–threatening issue for people with a learning disability who are at heightened risk from complications if it is left untreated? In fact, 23% of people with a learning disability who died in 2019 had constipation as a long-term condition.
People with a learning disability may also be less likely to recognise the symptoms of constipation and be able to communicate their symptoms, increasing the risk of serious consequences.
Knowing the signs and what to do could save lives.
That is why the NHS has just launched a national campaign to raise awareness of constipation to people with a learning disability and their carers.
This includes an animation to help people with a learning disability know the signs of constipation and understand the importance of getting the right help. And a downloadable leaflet for carers to help you know the signs and what to do.
Or view the video below.