It is now common for us baby boomers to be faced with the dilemma of whether to place our elderly parents in a home or to try and keep them in their own home, especially with the advent of the LLLB (Living Longer Living Better) Act last year and the consequential changes to the provision of Home Care Packages and Residential Aged Care. It is a minefield for the unwary.
Speaking from experience as someone with an elderly parent coming up to 90 later this year who vehemently refuses to go anywhere and who has always stated emphatically that she will NEVER move – I remember my mother happily telling me that she was going to be taxidermied and be forever sitting in the corner of the lounge room so she would always be there watching over us all – the stuff of nightmares!
A colleague brought my attention to an interesting article from the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine and made me wonder what is the best thing to do for our parents when they get to the stage of no longer being able to look after themselves. Click here to read the article.
I would be interested to hear your thoughts …..