One third of britons not willing to look after elderly parents

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A new survey reveals that there are many people out there who would abandon their aging parent if they required full-time care.

Although these elderly people gave birth to us, fed us, clothed us, nurtured us and spent a lot of money on us, one third of Brits say they are not prepared to look after elderly parents.

The increased aging population who have become more dependent on those living around them means there is a high demand for UK care services, however this new research has revealed a worrying trend.

The study has found that 67% of adults are concerned about what would happen to their parents as they age, but 32% say they will not look after them if they required full-time care.

Only 7% have planned for the time when their parents will be unable to look after themselves.

The study which was conducted by Care UK involved 2000 people with parents aged 60 and above. The study found that of those who would not want their parents to live with them, 41% stated that it was because they would not be able to cope. A further 20% stated that they did not think they had the necessary skills to care for their parents.

The study has revealed that family ties are not as strong as they used to be as it was found that more than 25% would not want their parents to live with them as they did not have that type of relationship with them.

Younger people between the ages of 18 and 24 were more likely to state that they would take responsibility for their parents, while those over the age of 55 said they would rather not do it.

This information comes on the back of the Institute for Public Policy Research’s (IPPR) estimate that by 2030 in excess of two million people aged 65 and over will not have a child living close to them to provide care if they needed it.

In 66% of families this subject has not been raised as it was too upsetting and neither party wants to discuss it. This factor, along with feelings of concern, guilt and sadness, makes the decision to care for parents full-time a very difficult one.

The Care Manager at Care UK, Jeni Rushton, said that from their experience, the idea of putting parents into a care home comes with huge concern. She said the decision is often made at a crisis point, which is when parents require a level of care which the family is unable to provide.

She stated that this often leads to an important decision that no-one was prepared for, which increases the anguish for both the parents and the family.

She added that these are the reasons why people are encouraged to discuss the care of their parents before it reaches a crisis point.

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