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Penny Booth: Owt for nowt?

Date:21 JUN 2011

Penny BoothThe issues on elderly care have come round again. To make breakfast television and pages in the newspaper it must be attracting attention. Seems to me that the problem is what we now expect when we have what is referred to as ‘care at home'. Have families changed that much? We no longer have the size of home the financial resources or the wherewithal to care for our elderly family members at home and the thought of doing so impacts on our nuclear family and disjointed caring for children.  The alternatives will cost us as a society. Providing the kind of care that would be for many the ‘ideal' is simply not possible. The disparate parts of families no longer live close enough to each other to make practical ‘care' feasible.

Assessments of the needs of the elderly resulting in care packages with visitors several times a day to help the older person with their personal needs ...

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