Monday, 2 February 2015

Care of the elderly in England

We have always looked after the elderly in the UK, as it's our elderly who got the country back on its feet after the war, yet these days it's stating to slip away.

Yet over the last 10 -15 years our local council care homes have been closed down, because of changing standards and regulations, and also because the councils either did not want to spend the money refurbishing them, or in most cases do not have the money to do it. 

On top of that in the last 5-10 years many councils have been so strapped for cash due to savage government cuts, that they are having to drastically cut back on all services, and in most cases it's the services for the elderly which go first.

So many of the elderly who do not have the money to pay for a care home, or do not have anyone at home to look after them, become frail or ill,  and end up in hospital.

Most care homes these days are privately run, and whether we like it or not they are run for the share holders, so they cost a lot of money. 

This means that you need to be reasonably well off to get into one for any period of time.

This is part of the reason that the National Health Service is struggling these days, because some of the hospital wards are filling up with elderly people who have no where else to go.

Yet this government simply can not see this problem because they all have tunnel vision, and cannot see the poor or elderly. They think that everyone is wealthy like themselves, and anyone who is not, is not worth bothering with.
I like many others felt sick when I heard of government ministers laughing at those waiting at food banks, because they are desperate, and I wonder just how people like this can become government ministers in the first place. 

If we want the health service to survive in the future, we must start rebuilding state care homes, where the less well off can go when they need to, because it takes the pressure off the hospitals.

It's time to look after those who worked to get this country back on its feet.

As a person who has voted conservative for most of my life, I now feel totally sick at what this government is doing, and wonder what will happen at the next election. 

This country cannot carry on with these savage cuts to services, where we live, and I for one will be voting for someone else who I hope will care for the sick elderly and poor in the future.

I think we should all look carefully at who we elect in the future and make sure that they are there for the electorate or not there just to fill there pockets. 

Let us hope that we can get more affordable care homes in the future, and think of those less well off. 





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