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Helping Elderly People Essay

Paying for the Care of the Elderly

by Zeki
(İstanbul)

In Britain, when someone gets old they often go to live in a home with other old people where there are nurses to look after them. Sometimes the government has to pay for this care.

Who do you think should pay for this care, the government or the family?


Generally, old people need help and someone should interest them. There are many home in Britain for help this old people. Also many old people could not retired and have not regularly income. For this reason, the government must pay fort his care. Other retired has an income and they can pay and they must pay to care expence themselves.

Nowadays, old people need a home because they can not live alone. For this reason, they need old people’s home. This home must have nurses and have an emergency room because old people can be sich and nurses urgently should help them. As we know, the old people’s home have many expenses, for example food, home’s rent, pills, bills and employee salary like that. For this reason, this houses need regularly income but as i said many old people have not pension and old people’s expence should pay by the government.

Other case is retired. They have regularly income and they can pay expense themselves. The government should not pay but if they pension is not enough, the government should pay but, if they pension is enough, the government should not pay. Maybe, the government can pay medical expense them. Because they pension is not enough for medical expense and the government can be help them in this case.

To sum up, in my opinion, the government must help old people and if they have not regularly income, the government must pay expense them. For example, medical expense or old people’s home expense. But if retired have a regularly income, the government just can pay medical expense them. I think, the government more than better manage budget for retired or old people expense.

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We live in an ageing society where people are living longer and the balance of life is changing. For the first time there are more people aged over sixty than children under sixteen in many European countries. Most aged people can now look forward to many more years of healthy life after retirement than ever before. Our society is becoming more diverse. It expects more from public services. There are three areas related to the so-called “Third age” that the government should focus: medical care, financial security and social support. Concerning medical care for elderly people we mean the fulfillment of the special needs and requirements that are unique to senior citizens. This broad term encompasses such services as assisted living, adult day care, long term care, nursing houses and house care.

Regarding economic security, pensions should be consistent with the contributions paid by people all the time they were active workers (employee). But even elderlies who have not paid to get a pension because they did not work (like housewives) or for any other reason they should have a financial support from the government in the form of a monthly income, in order to live with dignity, if they have no other income. On social assistance, government should focus on the fact that the elderlies want to feel useful and participate actively in society. Through education system and of course through family, children have to learn to respect elderly people and see old age as normal and integral part of life.

Researches have shown that elderlies who live in high social support conditions have low score on depression and diseases related with the old age like Alzheimer and senile dementia. Concluding we have to mention that the “Third age” is not a disease but is the physical continuation of life and so must be treated both by the State and by each of us. Furthermore should not forget that everyone once we would be at this stage of life.