Elderly care policy
It is a sad and all-too-familiar story, a son with a mental condition is suspected of murdering his bedridden mother before jumpingfrom their flat in a suicide attempt. The family tragedy, the third of its kind in eight months, was greeted with the same old pledge from the government — a review of the relevant support services. Sympathy and promises aside, we need to ask more critical questions. Why do such deadly dramas keep happening?
Police are expected to find out more from the 34-year-old man, who survived the leap from the 16th floor. He is a psychiatric patient, whose condition was described as “stable” at a consultation 11 days before the incident. The family’s two live-in domestic helpers have also been interviewed.
Questions have been asked as to whether the tragedy could have been prevented. While much has been said about the services for the ailing and disabled, the pressure on carers is often overlooked. If the man’s condition is linked to nursing his ailing mother, it has to be asked whether he has been given sufficient treatment and support.