How families perceive the care-giving experience
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How families perceive the care-giving experience

Neil James Senior lecturer in the faculty of health, sport and science, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd

Neil James explains why professionals should be aware of how the services they provide are regarded by the families of people with learning disabilities

This article discusses the experiences of families who care for relatives with learning disabilities. Professionals must understand such experiences to ensure they provide forms of support appropriate to the needs of individual clients and carers. This involves perceiving care-giving journeys as lifetime commitments to relatives with learning disabilities, whether or not they live in family homes. Different models of care have been devised to help professionals and carers understand these caring journeys, and how the experiences of carers are influenced by internal and external factors.

Learning Disability Practice. 16, 3, 32-37. doi: 10.7748/ldp2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 19 November 2012

Accepted: 19 December 2012

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