Thursday, 15 November 2007

Care for the Elderly

I used to be a student in Australia for 3 years. While I was there, I noticed many cultural differences between the East and West that I had never realized. One of it was the breakdown of family ties between parents and their children as the parents grew older. Many a time, the aged parent in the West would be put into a nursing home. The children often claim that it was for their own benefit as there they would have round the clock care, people of their own age to mix around with and people to look after them when the children are working. However, I personally think it’s wrong to abandon your parents in their golden years when they took care of you all your life, from the time you were a helpless baby till you grew up.

Sure, they may need more care and attention but at the end of the day, they are the parents who have sacrificed everything for your wellbeing. However, I do also see the point of those who have sick parents who may need round the clock care. It may be difficult for working children to care for those. Nevertheless, it’s not an easy decision to make and the children should think it through carefully and do lots of research at great sites such as before they make the decision to place their parents in a nursing home.

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