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Disabled adults' `care timebomb'.

THE plight of disabled adults in Wirral is to feature in a nationwide charity campaign.

Mencap says that local councils are failing to provide homes for thousands of people with a learning disability, who are being cared for by parents in their 70s, 80s and - even 90s.

The charity has highlighted Wirral social services as an example of the problem.

It says there is not enough help and future planning for families whose adult children - many with severe disabilities - will be left orphaned and homeless.

Featuring in the campaign is Jack Rowland, 80, and his wife Doreen, 77, from Heswall, who care for their son Sion, 40, who has Down's Syndrome, is registered blind and cannot speak. Mrs Rowland said: ``As you get older, you realise you are not going to be here forever.

``I have a tumour and Jack has just had a hip transplant. We look after Sion 24 hours a day, as we have done for 40 years. But the time has come to make plans for his care after we are gone. ``It is hard enough for any child to cope with the loss of a parent, but Sion would lose his family, carers and his home. We are frightened about the future of our son.''

Mencap's campaign was launched with the publication of its Housing Timebomb report, which revealed that 29,000 people with a learning disability live at home with a parent aged 70 or over.
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Date:Jun 24, 2002
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