The purpose of this paper is to provide a commentary on “Older carers of people with learning disabilities: their experiences with local authority assessment processes and personnel” written by Rachel Forrester-Jones.
This commentary considers the experiences of older carers in the context of research, legislative and policy changes over the past 30+ years.
The needs of older carers of adults with learning disabilities are well recognised within the (limited) literature. Less attention has been given to practical strategies to identify and support such carers or to their broader family context.
This commentary highlights that assessors carrying out carers’ needs assessments should consider whether adults with learning disabilities are providing care to their older relative. The recognition of possible mutual or reciprocal care needs to be acknowledged and appropriate support offered.
Gant, V. (2021), "Commentary on “Older carers of people with learning disabilities: their experiences with local authority assessment processes and personnel”", Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 26 No. 2, pp. 114-119. https://doi.org/10.1108/TLDR-02-2021-0005
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