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Editorial

The article presents a letter from the editor of the journal discussing the articles presented within, which are centered on the subject of the lived experience of intellectual disabilities. The author summarizes the articles individually, which include research on the interactions of mothers with a learning disability with professionals, and the views of informal carers on a variety of topics.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

Access all areas

The Access Initiative is run by the Minority Ethnic Carers of Older People Project in partnership with Edinburgh Council, West Lothian Council, minority ethnic carers, and older people. Its twin aims are to give carers from Edinburgh's south Asian and Chinese communities a break from caring and to provide culturally competent services for older members of the family who need care. [Introduction]

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

Services for people with dementia are not meeting families' expectations

Hot Topic series. Comments on the incidence and impact of Alzheimer Disease, focusing on the effect on informal carers and the need for services to be provided to support them and allow patients to lead independent lives. [(BNI unique abstract)] 0 references

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

Young carers short of support in Wales

Reports that young carers in Wales are not receiving support services due to a shortage of resources in councils according to voluntary sector leaders. Reasons for setting up young carers' project; Effects of the insufficient funds on the program according to Lynne Hill, policy director at Children in Wales; Expectations of Hill on the grants that will be provided for the projects.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

Extending direct payments to informal carers: some issues for local authorities

The Carers and Disabled Children Act (2000) has the potential to fundamentally change carers services and the way they are currently delivered. As yet, there is little published work that considers the implications of this Act either for local authorities or informal carers themselves. This paper examines the practical issues involved in the implementation of the Act in terms of: providing equitable services, defining terms, young carers and care package limits, local authority eligibility criteria and whether funding is adequate.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

Finding your carers

Phillipa Hare offers some practical advice on how general practices can identify and record carers within their areas. 3 refs. [Introduction]

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

Pamela pushes barriers aside

A project worker who identified gaps in services for ethnic minority carers of people with mental health difficulties provided the catalyst for Birmingham's Pamela Project, which won a Community Care Award. Anabel Unity Sale reports. [Introduction]

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

Carers' rights

Independent assessment and access to direct payments are among the new rights accorded to carers under the Carers and Disabled Children Act 2000.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

Extending direct payments to people who lack capacity

One year after people who lack mental capacity were given the right to use direct payments, Mithran Samuel finds take-up is disappointing. [Introduction]

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10