(This is a continuation of my “Befuddled 1” blog. You can find it by clicking on the archive on November 2012.)
Now we come to “Care of the Elderly” which surely should be one of the first duties of a civilised society. So how are we doing in this “Befuddled” era:-
- Upset – by hospital care which is overwhelmed by the complexity of chronic illness in later life.
- Confused – into adopting the “Liverpool Care Pathway”, which has become a death-line and deathknell for the elderly entering the NHS.
- Bamboozled – by residential care which has become a warehouse not a shelter and a financial minefield for uncaring investors.
- Confounded – by domiciliary care which is a licence for 5 minute-quick fix-pizza delivery support, without the pizza.
- Discombobulated – by the Dilnot report which was intended to put an end to the uncertainty of high care costs, but in fact proved too high a cost to pay. So the uncertainty remains.
No wonder I’m befuddled. In this new world of over populated retirement, there seems to be more snakes than ladders. More Grumbles than Smiles.
Whatever happened to retirement as a time for leisure and pleasure? An opportunity lost for relaxation and release from responsibilities? If we are not careful we – the elderly – could become a burden on ourselves and others. Sliding down the slippery slope of the snakes of ill-health and no wealth. Unhappy and isolated in our empty castles with no future to look forward to. Just a quiet long wave goodbye to life.
Befuddled is not good, the elderly deserve a clear and positive vision of later life. It looks like we will need to identify the way forward for ourselves.