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Planning for the future with adults with a learning disability living with older carers

Laura Gorfin (Nottingham Trent University)
Alex McGlaughlin (Nottingham Trent University)

Housing, Care and Support

ISSN: 1460-8790

Article publication date: 1 September 2004

Abstract

Planning for the future for those adults with a learning disability who live with older carers is an important aspect of the White Paper Valuing People (DoH, 2001). Indeed, such planning is essential if crisis situations are to be avoided, particularly the double shock to service users of losing their home at a time when they are also bereaved. Most research about future planning has tended to focus on the perspective of the family carer rather than that of the service user. To rectify this situation, this paper considers the findings of a project which directly sought the views of adults with a learning disability, including their experiences of living with their older carers and planning for their future housing and support. The findings demonstrate that adults with a learning disability are very aware of the likelihood of an end to family care and that they have preferences about their future housing and support. However, planning for the future can be difficult because of the mutually supportive relationships that often exist in these families.

Citation

Gorfin, L. and McGlaughlin, A. (2004), "Planning for the future with adults with a learning disability living with older carers", Housing, Care and Support, Vol. 7 No. 3, pp. 20-24. https://doi.org/10.1108/14608790200400020

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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