Suffolk: Who will care for your ageing parents? 60% of us have yet to discuss the issue with our loved ones
More than two thirds of adults in East Anglia worry about the future care of their parents, yet most refuse to discuss the topic with them, a new survey has revealed.
The research, which was carried out by Care UK which runs 15 residential homes in Suffolk, shows that despite their concern, six out of 10 adults have never discussed the issue with their parents.
The results reveal that either side may refuse to talk about it, or the subject has never come up. Around 7% of people in East Anglia discuss the topic regularly, and one in five broach the subject from time to time and 9% said they had made plans for their parents’ future care.
Jeni Rushton, care manager at Care UK, said: “Discussing care plans with your parents can be upsetting, especially for the first time, but we encourage families to research and talk about their options so they can make informed decisions together.
“Support is available but it can often be hard to find. Talk to a financial advisor about your options and seek advice online.”
The regional findings reflect the national results of Care UK’s study of 2,000 people nationwide with parents aged over 60.
The survey also discovered just 24% of adults would have their parents come to live with them if they needed full-time care.
Instead, 33% of those living in East Anglia would refuse to let their parents move in, while 45% of those said their home was not big enough.
Mrs Rushton added: “From our experience, the thought of putting parents in a care home can come with great concern.
“Often the decision is made at crisis point – when parents need a level of care which families may not be able to provide.
“This is why we encourage people to discuss the subject of care with their parents before it becomes a necessity.
“This gives both parents and families a sense of control and also allows them to explore all the options available.
“Having an open and honest discussion about this beforehand – and perhaps trying out the options available – can save a lot of stress and heartache in the future.”