Posted: 01/08/2014 at 21:58
Congrats bekkie -the advantage of being an auntie is - you don't have to keep them....
The 'care for the elderly' system is dire. I'm sure my Mum would have been diagnosed as having Alzheimer's but my Dad would have been terrified of that because he'd have been convinced that she'd be 'taken away' and put in a home somewhere, so I can understand how certain situations can develop. He would never have asked for help financially either, but when people have worked all their lives and paid into the system they're entitled to proper care, and we're an ageing population so it's only going to get worse. You're right fidget - if all the relatives who are full time carers just said we can't do it, what would it cost the NHS to fund it all? Ordinary families are saving the government a fortune, at huge cost to their own health, and they aren't equipped to deal with it, but it's the easy option for the powers that be. I think it's time politicians had a reality check.
I hope you can get some help Verd.