Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 15°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Suffolk: Who will care for your ageing parents? 60% of us have yet to discuss the issue with our loved ones

19:00 23 April 2014

Who will look after your ageing parents?

Who will look after your ageing parents?

Archant

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.”

1 comment

  • it is not only ageing parents , it is how healthy they are.at the moment i am able to walk drive and get around well ,i will soon be 80 years old .i have seen mates die , in wheelchairs etc. it is a lot to put on your children.

    Report this comment

    TERENCE MANNING

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Richard Howitt at Felixstowe Port.

Millions of pounds of funding that comes to Suffolk and Essex from the EU must be replaced by the British government when the UK leaves Brussels.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

An Ipswich man who grabbed the keys to a car after a drunken night out before crashing it into two other vehicles has been jailed.

England football supporters watching the England v Iceland Euro 2016 match in The Gardeners Arms, Ipswich.

It has been a night of heartbreak for England fans as they say goodbye to their dreams of reaching the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.

Former county council leader Mark Bee.

Proposals for an elected mayor for East Anglia were still alive today after members of Norfolk County Council narrowly gave their approval to continuing the process of creating a new tier of government.

Martin Hardman

Fear is mounting for a 66-year-old who has been reported as missing not long after he had hospital treatment.

Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality has launched a campaign called #SuffolkSolidarity, which is being supported by nine other organisations.

Do not let Britain’s decision to leave the European Union damage Suffolk’s reputation as a welcoming and tolerant community.

Dr Dan Poulter.

Suffolk MP Dan Poulter has backed former London mayor Boris Johnson to be the next prime minister.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24