Fair shares? Supporting families caring for adult persons with intellectual disabilities.

Roy McConkey

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    BackgroundAlthough the majority of adult persons with intellectual disabilities are cared for by theirfamilies, remarkably little is known of the characteristics of their carers, the support services they receive and their unmet needs. A particular concern is whether or not carers have equitable access to services. MethodInformation was gathered from service staff who knew best the person with the disability. A standard pro forma was used with a representative sample of over1500 family carers in Northern Ireland (26%) of the estimated population).ResultsNearly half of the people were being cared for by both parents, but around one third lived with lone carers and 20% with another relative. These subgroups of carers varied significantly in their personal characteristics and in terms of the person forwhom they cared. However, Regression Analyses identified that their relative’s higher dependency in person care was the only common variable that was predictive of carers’ access to support services. A possible measure of unmet need for various supportservices was derived.ConclusionsServices need to pay greater attention to the characteristics of family carers so as to overcome some of the present inequities in supports offered to them. Further areas for future research are identified.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages600-612
    JournalJournal of Intellectual Disability Research
    Volume49
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2005

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    Fair shares? Supporting families caring for adult persons with intellectual disabilities. / McConkey, Roy.

    In: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, Vol. 49, No. 8, 01.07.2005, p. 600-612.

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