Senior care or senior abuse?
I am the eldest son, who along with my three siblings, are very concerned for the health and well-being of our senior parents, who after almost 55 years of being together are forced to live in separate senior facilities, (a senior care home and a nursing home) due to the fact the policies on senior care does not allow a husband and wife to live out their last years together under the same roof, because one may require a little more care than the other.
As a result and in this case, the one who has been assessed to not need the extra care (my Dad) is not permitted to live in the same facility as the one who does need the care, (my Mom). This forced separation is more than cruel by a system that needs immediate change.
This separation causes unnecessary stress – emotionally, mentally and physically – on the people who worked their whole lives to build our communities and this province, and now at a time when they really need to be together for support, and companionship, they cannot be.
I realize I am only one of the many who have these same concerns for our aging parents. They, themselves, are unable to speak out for this needed change, but as their children and as people in positions of influence, we can and we should.
Surely in a age when we can put a man on the moon, live in space stations in outer space for months at a time, communicate at the touch of a button around the globe by the use of small hand held phones and computer devices; we must be able to have a senior care system that allows and even encourages couples who have been together for their whole lives to continue to receive health care under the same roof in their final years.
Please, policy makers, government representatives and health care officials, work with us to help our senior parents keep the vows they made when they started their lives together ‘till death do us part’.