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Don’t suffer in silence: the elderly and care costs
As the costs of care increases in what is an uncertain economy, the elderly have to do without private care. This article is about the financial impact on elderly care during the recession and how private care is becoming a less affordable option.
As the Government continues to cut public care spending budgets and in turn the NHS, private care has become the only option for those who need to be looked after in their own home. It is becoming the job of those who need care to pay for it themselves but many off those affected have been hit hard by the recession and find it difficult.
The level of care that the vulnerable people in society, particularly the elderly, receive today is an issue which concerns many people. The videos show a minority of care workers had a low level of respect for the elderly and this is becoming an increasingly worrying area of care.
To ensure the safety and well being of our elderly, many set out to buy the best care for their parents or in-laws in the form of private care services.
Home care within the family has become a more affordable option, although strenuous to many households, in an attempt to balance the care of the elderly with their own children.
Not only is this change in the way that we care for the elderly affecting the families but it is also having an impact on private care workers in Essex who are seeing fewer elderly patients requiring private care due to their financial situations.
It is also worrying that many vulnerable elderly people that do not have immediate family help are trying to cope alone due to the cost of private care. The system is not just based on the needs of the elderly but the means to afford it.
Many of the elderly who require private care sell their homes in order to pay costs. The question remains whether there should be a system of aid for the elderly in times of hardship.
Many people argue that as the elderly have contributed through tax and national insurance payments throughout their lives, they should be helped more when in need.
The current system requires the elderly or their family to have the means to pay for their own private care with a supplement from the government that doesn’t cover the costs or anywhere near them.
It is important for us to care for our elderly in society and by means of care; no one should have to suffer. Unfortunate as it may be for many, you too will get old one day. Who will care for you?