Friday, August 01, 2008

Caring for older people - seeing beyond the emotion

The phone rings – you answer – life changes. The mother of a friend, aged 84, went to visit her son. The family stood to go and eat dinner, the mother tripped, broke hip. At that instant life for brother and sister changed. Who would look after the father (mild dementia), who would look after the mother when she leaves hospital, can the parents live alone, who to contact, what about the parent’s house and pets……..

Who is going to do all of these things, who has the time?

This incident happens every day to people in their 50s and 60s as their parent’s reach the fragile part of their life.

In the UK, state provided services to assist in these circumstances are very much “hit and miss” and will be under funding pressure for as long as anybody can see.

Taking all of the emotion out of this situation you can’t help but see the business opportunities. I suspect I am not alone in this. Dick Stroud

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