My research involves the study of the role of social work with older people with complex needs in times of transition. More specifically, my PhD focuses upon older adult learning disabilities who take on the caring role, or who are in a mutual caring relationship. The research aims to explore mutual caring older families that involve a person with a learning disability, and examine their needs and experiences within the family, their caring role, and the role of social services. There is a great need to add to the current evidence base, especially given the increased life expectancy for people with learning disabilities. Further, the incidence of mutual caring appears to be growing, but the true extent of its increase is unknown as mutual caring amongst these older families often remains hidden. Many factors impact upon mutually caring older families, such as a) not fitting neatly into services and support, b) lack of recognition that they are carers, c) fear of interference, d) feeling judged, e) lack of infomation, f) lack of practical support, and g) social isolation.
Start date:October 2012
Research Topic:The role of social work with older people with complex needs in times transition
Research pathway:Social Work and Social Care
Research Supervisor:Professor Judith Phillips
Supervising school:College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University
Primary funding source:ESRC Studentship