Channel 4’s Robinson raised the right issues

Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Those of us caring for elderly people see families every day who are struggling with exactly the dilemma that Tony Robinson so eloquently portrayed in his Channel 4 programme Me and My Mum on television recently. Tony and C4 are to be congratulated for taking such a head-on view of the issues and not wrapping it up in soft words. The facts are that Britons are living longer and more of us will need care as we grow older, whether that’s in our own homes, or in nursing or residential accommodation. All too often families – like the wife of 63 years featured on Me and My Mum – see the decision to seek a place in a care home as letting down their loved one. It’s nothing of the sort. Husbands, wives or children have usually done everything they possibly can and are stretched almost to breaking point by their loved one’s frail health or challenging behaviour brought about by conditions such as dementia. That is where good, well-run care homes with professional staff can provide a solution. It gives the ol

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