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.
|Pages (from-to)||21 - 31|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Intellectual Disabilities|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2010|
- carers’ concerns
- family and informal carers
- learning disability
- who will care when we can’t?