Charity launches campaign for older carers

A leading charity has launched a campaign to highlight the plight of older carers who look after people with learning disabilities.

ENABLE Scotland has said many ageing parents of children with learning disabilities are caring full time until the day they die. Charity Director Mike Holmes has now called the situation desperate.

He said: "For many parents, it is inconceivable to imagine hoping to outlive your child. But this is a generation of people with learning disabilities who were never expected to live this long. These carers are exhausted today and scared about tomorrow. They want the best for their children, but they worry about what will happen when they are no longer around to care."

ENABLE Scotland claim carers are not supported. Of the 120,000 people with learning disabilities in Scotland, the charity estimates that only one in four receive any statutory support, leaving the remainder feeling abandoned.

In its post card campaign, entitled "I hope my son dies the day before I do", the charity is asking members of public to pledge their support.

Mr Holmes added: "We want as many people as possible to sign up to the campaign to let older carers know that they are not alone."