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Family Matters No. 76 - June 2007

Disability and family carers

Ian Spicer

Abstract

This article summarises many of the issues faced by families during lifelong care of family members with disabilities. Issues include the effect on other relationships, competing caring roles, social isolation, reduced labour force participation, increased expenditures, care planning, limited respite services, and longer life expectancy of disabled family members due to advances in medical and other services and the impact on ageing parents - all of which emphasise the need for support and alternative care arrangements for these at risk families.

This article summarises many of the issues faced by families during lifelong care of family members with disabilities. Issues include the effect on other relationships, competing caring roles, social isolation, reduced labour force participation, increased expenditures, care planning, limited respite services, and longer life expectancy of disabled family members due to advances in medical and other services and the impact on ageing parents - all of which emphasise the need for support and alternative care arrangements for these at risk families.

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