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'It terrifies me, the thought of the future': listening to the current concerns of informal carers of people with a learning disability

The aim of this article is to report findings from a study that asked carers for their views on a wide range of topics. Issues relevant to the current concerns of carers are reported here. A mixed method triangulated design yielded both quantitative and qualitative data. A total of 647 members of a parent/carer federation were sent a questionnaire with a section on ‘current concerns’. The response rate was 23 percent (151 participants). Two focus groups were held with 15 carers who had completed the questionnaire. Issues of concern to carers included access to health and social care information and services; quality and quantity of respite care; suitable educational provision; independence and quality of life (for a person with learning disability); and what would happen to the person with learning disability when the carer was no longer able to carry out their caring role.

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Additional Titles
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities

Key Information

Type of Reference
Jour
Type of Work
Article
ISBN/ISSN
17446295
Resource Database
A9h academic search complete - exported 11/7/2016
Publication Year
2010
Issue Number
1
Volume Number
14
Start Page
21-31