The FutureCare Project is a joint initative between the Disability and Aged Information Service and Clarence Valley Council's Community Options Program.
The FutureCare Project aim is to educate residents across the Clarence Valley Local Government Area on the benefits of futures planning for older parent carers with an adult child with a disability. We also provide case studies, brochures, fact sheets, links and other important information resources on the topic of futures planning.
In 2009 there were 60,000 parent carers living with a son or daughter with a disability who were over the age of 65 years. While the majority of sons and daughters with a disability living with their parents were under the age of 15 years, some were well into adulthood, with 12% being 35 years and older. Those with a milder disability who were living with their parents had a significantly older age profile. A consequence of this is that those with a milder disability are more likely to have an ageing parent looking after them.
Nearly one in ten father and mother carers were aged 65 years and older, and 14% of father carers and 10% of mother carers were approaching old age (55-64 years). Some parents may have had to relinquish their caring responsibility for their son or daughter with a disability due to their own old age or other reasons, such as poor health. Indeed, one-fifth to one-third of parent carers aged 65 years and older needed assistance with core activities themselves, though it is likely that a reciprocal care relationship existed between these parents and their son or daughter with a disability.