Changing role of family carers
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Changing role of family carers

Marie Elizabeth Gressmann Senior lecturer in learning disability nursing, School of Health and Social Care, Teesside University, Middlesbrough

People who care for a family member who has learning disabilities face many of the same challenges as those in other family carer roles, but with distinct differences. Many people with learning disabilities depend on family support all their lives, regardless of where they live, or until the carer dies. This article explores the experiences, challenges and rewards of being a family carer, focusing in particular on what happens when the person with learning disabilities moves out of the family home. Recognising carers’ experience, expertise, involvement and what is important to them can have a positive impact on outcomes.

Learning Disability Practice. 17, 4, 34-39. doi: 10.7748/ldp2014.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 08 January 2014

Accepted: 03 March 2014