People with Learning Disabilities as Carers
- People with learning disabilities recognising they are carers and knowing they have a right to support in their role
- People with learning disabilities being recognised and supported in their caring roles by care management teams, health services, carers’ organisations and support services (e.g. they know to include carers who have a learning disability in best interest decisions)
- Accessible carers’ assessments being provided.
- Having an emergency plan in place
- People with learning disabilities being supported to understand the illness or condition that the person they are caring for is living with (e.g. dementia, cancer)
How we can help
Together Matters is able to help in a range of ways including:
- Help local carers’ organisations to learn how they can include and support carers with learning disabilities
- Help local authorities and other services think about how they identify and support carers with learning disabilities
- Run workshops on making emergency plans for carers with learning disabilities
- Run training courses for people with learning disabilities who are carers
Resources to help
We have listed free resources which you can download by clicking on the link.
An easy to read presentation about people with learning disabilities having a caring role.
An easy to read resource pack to help people with learning disabilities, who help to look after someone else, to have a carers’ assessment and get the support they need. This pack was developed as part of the Department of Health’s work on carers with learning disabilities, under Valuing People.
The information on this page has been written by Christine Towers of Together Matters. Last reviewed on June 7, 2020. We welcome your feedback on this page.