Planning for the future: Exploring the experiences of older carers of adult children with a learning disability
Jane Deville, Helen Davies, Ros Kane, David Nelson and Paul Mansfield
Background: There are a significant number of adults with a learning disability who live with and are cared for by their parents. There is a pressing need for interventions to support older parent carers with their role and to plan for a time when they can no longer continue caring. This article reports on the experiences of older parent carers who have been in receipt of an intervention to support future planning, in a rural part of England, delivered to older carers of their adult children with learning disabilities.
Methods: Semi‐structured carer interviews (n = 12) were conducted and analysed thematically.
Results: Four themes were identified (a) emotional needs of carer, (b) future planning, (c) accessing other services and resources and (d) links to adult care services. Carers welcomed the flexibility of the intervention and its focus on support for them, relieving their sense of isolation.
Conclusions: The research highlights the unmet needs of older family carers and shows the value of tailored support from a carer perspective. The findings have im- plications for national social care provision delivered to carers of adult children with learning disabilities in rural areas.