Information for families and carers (learning disability)

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Family carers of people with learning disabilities are often unique amongst carers. For many they will be experiencing a lifetime of caring, as a son, daughter or sibling with learning disabilities, who may have been expected to have a short lifespan thirty or forty years ago, may now be living a longer and more fulfilling life.

Negotiating the health, education and social care systems through infancy, childhood and adulthood is a daunting task but can also mean that family carers may have decades of experience. For carers of people with learning disabilities, having a break, finding support and getting the best and most appropriate services must be seen in the context of this lifetime of caring (Princess Royal Trust).