Baywater Healthcare: CPAP Accessible Information 

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CPAP Inclusive Support Materials

Baywater Healthcare is working on behalf of NHS England to create information in an accessible format for people using a CPAP machine with learning disabilities and/or autism. In the hope that adequate guidance will help improve CPAP experiences and overcome the barriers, so their treatment is successful and comfortable. 

CPAP therapy is a proven treatment for the sleep disorder Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) and is the most widely used treatment method. When treatment is not in place, OSA symptoms will continue, causing continuous disruption to sleep and increasing the risk of other health complications developing.

How Learning Disabilities and Autism Can Impact CPAP

People with learning disabilities and autism may have poorer awareness of their sleep disorders and general health issues. The difficulties these people experience affects how they understand their therapy and communicate their emotions towards it. The numerous barriers make it harder for those with learning disabilities and autism to gain quality healthcare and equal support that they understand so they treat their sleep disorder. Adapting to using a CPAP machine can be much harder for these people, making them uncomfortable and reducing their levels of adherence. Many factors can influence their treatment, but the help of the proper support can improve their lives and feelings towards their treatment. 

Baywater aims to create accessible materials that allow people with learning disabilities and autism to understand why they need to use a CPAP machine, so they continue treatment successfully. Whilst also providing beneficial information for carers and healthcare providers to assist them with using a device. 

What is Accessible Information?

Accessible information can be read and understood by those with a disability, impairment, or sensory loss.

Supportive information may include:

  • Videos with sign language.
  • Demonstrations to the patient.
  • Booklets and leaflets that are designed with guidance that’s easier for them to understand. 

How Healthcare Professionals and Carers Can Help

To create the best support materials, they need the help of those that work with or care for people with learning disabilities and/or autism using CPAP. Those with first-hand experience and suggestions can help tailor suitable guidance materials to overcome the barriers of CPAP therapy.

Baywater has created two surveys, one specifically for healthcare professionals and the second for paid and unpaid carers. The surveys are designed for healthcare providers and carers to share their views to help Baywater understand the difficulties experienced and create necessary support to reduce healthcare inequalities.  

To share your feedback and help support Baywater, please take a few minutes to complete the relevant survey form:

Baywater Healthcare Professionals Survey for CPAP Accessible Support.

Baywater Carers Survey for CPAP Accessible Support.

Is Sleep Apnoea a Disability in the UK?

No, Sleep Apnoea is not considered a disability. However, untreated Sleep Apnoea can trigger other health complications that can cause a disability.