Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Include Elderly in Family Talks of Aged Care

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Include Elderly in Family Talks of Aged Care

Article excerpt

ARE you an older person in our community? Chances are, you may have family nearby who can help to care for you but it is possible too that you might not.

It is not the anorma in this country for our elderly to live within the family unit, so their care is provided for primarily by the community in aged care facilities.

This can be extremely daunting for the aged person, particularly if they are alone. As we become older, we have a growing need to feel part of a loving family unit but how do we ask for this from our busy family? How do we voice this need without sounding demanding?

One might ask where the responsibility lies for the care of the aged. Is it the responsibility of the immediate family or the community, or is it a combination of both?

These discussions can become contentious and daunting for many reasons.

Our lifestyles in Australia are organised and hectic. Our homes are often not designed with the aged in mind or we may think the situation will take care of itself when the time comes. …

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