NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH TAKING CARE OF THE EDLERLY – Health Minister, Norman Lamb, has suggested that Neighbourhood Watch Groups should do more to care for the elderly.
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Norman Lamb is suggesting that pensioners would be far better cared for by the community rather than abandoning the elderly to care homes but went on to say that in no way was the Government attempting to abdicate from its responsibilities.
We live in a society with an aging population; that is unquestionable. We also live in a society where the cost of caring for the elderly is rising; predominantly due to the aging population.
It is undeniable that we have a problem and one that should be openly addressed and maybe Norman Lamb has a point. He rightly pointed out that many pensioners, who are abandoned to care homes, lead miserable and lonely lives and that society should do more to help.
The idea of Neighbourhood Watch groups is to help the community stay safe; the notion of helping one another is an admirable one so would it be preposterous to consider extending that community spirit that could see the quality of a pensioners life increased?
If everyone in their communities chipped-in this would without doubt create a number of social benefits; including cutting the cost of care and bringing the community closer together.
Considering the issues we have with youth wouldn’t it be a good idea to get them involved with helping the elderly?
Just think of the knowledge that pensioners have accumulated during a lifetime of toil and strife that could be passed on to the younger generation. It is one way, in my view, that could lessen the gap of understanding and dare I venture to say create more respect.
The care groups and neighbourhood watch groups welcome the news and think that this is an excellent idea and solves a number of social issues on the front of elderly care. We continue to hear vile cases of abuse from care workers and maybe this is one solution to reduce the level of abuse.
There are currently about 4 million old people living alone in the UK. According to government statistics approximately 60% are women aged 75 and over. With the current level of neighbourhood watch groups, some 173,000 spread across the UK, it is believed that these groups could care for and provide the elderly with real companionship.
The fact is we are all going to grow old and there is a growing concern that our children will abandon us to the care system due to their increasingly busy lives of taking care of themselves and their children.
We often talk of ‘community cohesion’ and whilst this is often considered just an issue of migrants it is nothing of the sort; it is about the community as a whole and if people want to live in communities that are tolerant and respectful then all members of that community must be considered.
Do you think it’s a good idea for Neighbourhood Watch Groups to help more with the elderly or should this be the sole responsibility of our government? Leave your comments below.