ADASS President reassures siblings of people with learning difficulties

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Wednesday September 2, 2009
Embargo: Immediate

ADASS President Jenny Owen told listeners of BBC Radio 4s Womens Hour that local authorities should provide ample information and advice for families and parents of people with learning disabilities who fear for their childrens future once they die.

She clarified, too, the fact that the only legal obligations to care for people with learning disabilities rested with local authorities. Although she well understood, she said, the importance of siblings in such a situation being helped to care as much as they wanted to and were able to.

Despite this, she added: naturally, many siblings will want to be involved in their sisters or brothers support or care plan. This should be personalised around the needs of the person not the requirements of the service. (more to do re transforming ASC).
Residential care or living alone arent the only possibilities. There is a wide range of options in between - eg living in supported housing; group living; living in their own tenancy with a full care package, or having live-in carers paid through direct payments or individual budgets.

Listen to Woman's Hour item on adult siblings and future care - 1st Sept 09