Helping older carers to care


Posted on September 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities (FPLD) launched a new initiative at a conference it organised in November. Its report, Family Homes, provides advice to older people who are the primary carers for adult family members with learning disabilities. In an average health authority there are 300 people with learning disabilities living at home with older relatives, but one in four of them only comes to the attention of services when their older family carers reach a crisis point and become too frail to continue providing care. Family Homes outlines the options available to enable people with learning disabilities to remain in the family home when their relatives become less able to support them. The project was carried out by Housing Options as part of the Foundation¹s “Growing Older with Learning Disabilities” (GOLD) programme. The new strategy recognises both the importance and the previous neglect of older family carers. Local authorities are now expected to identify all family carers more t





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