In some parts of the world, people who we have the impudence to describe as "primitive" see it as their natural duty that elderly parents should be taken care of by their family, a concept that is entirely civilized, but in our western society we often see the care for the elderly being primarily the responsibility of the government. This is an on-going argument and only recently in the news the UK government suggested that perhaps families should take more responsibility for their own, especially as they get older and may not be able to cope with daily life without some degree of help.
There are two main issues here. The first is practical help, and, although some may not like the idea of elderly parents living under the same roof as the children and grandchildren it would be the ideal if people felt caring enough, and if finances were sufficient. Many elderly parents are reluctant to be a burden to their children and try to remain independent for as long as possible and this is admirable. Here the community services can step in with practical help such as meals delivered or help around the home.
The other part of the problem is finding the money for professional long term care for those older people who are unable to look after themselves at home and have to go into a residential care home. They may just be physically or mentally unable to properly look after themselves, or there may also be health issues that have to be addressed and seen to. (more...)