Caring and Ageing …… January 22, 2017Posted by irishelectionliterature in Uncategorized.
Last weekend I put the Christmas Decorations back up in the attic and found the old video camera packed away. I started watching the tape in it and we ended up connecting it to the TV and watching a few hours of tapes. The tapes covered between 2002 and 2007. We laughed, remembered and it was good fun watching. Afterwards we asked the children (who are 12 and 16) what they enjoyed the most from the videos. ……
Their answer was seeing their Grandad in action, when he was well…….. and now we are not sure what would happen if we showed him the videos. Will he be sad too, how will he react?……. will he react at all?
Cue Monday evening and watching the excellent Documentary “We Need To Talk About Dad” on RTE1 and it hit home as we are reaching a stage where we have the same dilemma regarding care for a loved one. Not a Stroke like Mr Courtney had but Alzheimer’s…..
My own Grandparents had passed away by the time I was two so I never knew them, however now as people live longer there is the question of care. It appears that the Governments Fair Deal scheme only applies to nursing homes rather than caring at home. The cost of caring at home is prohibitive for many unless there are a number of family members with the time and the will to help out as part of a rota. ….. yet as the age we live to goes up, the size of families has gone down, allied to that there are very few families where all the children are still in the locality of their parent / parents , some may be abroad or in urban areas too far away from the home to help.
Even when you do have children helping out invariably there is one that doesn’t “pull their weight” , which can lead to family conflict and stand offs over care or indeed giving a break to the primary carer.
I assume the lack of “Fair Care” scheme for the home is that it would involve the payment of an outside agency to do a good deal of the caring rather than a family member. Of course too the existing Fair Deal scheme involves an asset in the family home, not everyone has an asset.
It’s a complex area and one that many of us will have to deal with or have dealt with. Am curious if The AAA, PBP , WP or any of the other Left parties have specific policies around aging and caring?