OAP care blast ‘unfair’, say East Lancs health leaders

Blackburn Citizen: Asian families were praised by Simon Hughes for looking after their elderly Asian families were praised by Simon Hughes for looking after their elderly

HEALTH champions from East Lancashire have dismissed comments from a government minister who said Britain should follow the example set by Asian immigrants when caring for the elderly.

Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat justice minister, said families should take greater responsibility for their elderly relations instead of ‘forcing’ them into care homes that cost on average about £550 per week.

He said: “Our society has often left too many people who are the responsibility of the public services on their own in later life, even though they have family alive and other people you would have thought would care.

“We need to learn better the lessons of many other cultures and communities, of which the Asian and African communities are noticeable. They understand the obligation to look after your family to the end.”

“If we had a society in which we collectively take responsibility for our families I think we would see fewer people dependent on the state.”

Brian Todd, chairman of the Blackburn with Darwen Older People’s Forum, said: “Simon Hughes is living in the last century because children move around now. We don’t expect them to live within 50 yards of where they were born and they often live hundreds of miles away.

“Asian families are changing as well and any social services department will tell you there are now more elderly Asian pensioners needing statutory help, though not to the same extent.

“I accept there’s a problem but the answer is to beef up the government’s support for those who need help. ”

Pendle councillor Azhar Ali, the Labour chairman of Lancashire’s health and wellbeing board, said: “Culturally in the Asian community there is a lot of emphasis on looking after the elderly and sick, but I don’t think it’s right to put a wedge between Asian and white families like this.

“Every community can learn from each other and things are changing. And you only have to look at the huge number of unpaid carers in East Lancashire to realise that people here are doing a lot for their loved ones.”

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5:03pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Openminded? says...

I think Simon Hughes is right...

And the argument that you have to live within yards of your parents is rubbish.

The culture from non-Asian communities, is when the parents grow old and cannot look after themselves, if to throw them into a care home (I must admit, this is now starting in Asian families as well, western culture being rubbed off).

Parents have spent 20+ bringing you, pay it back, look after them until they pass away, thats the least any community can do.
I think Simon Hughes is right... And the argument that you have to live within yards of your parents is rubbish. The culture from non-Asian communities, is when the parents grow old and cannot look after themselves, if to throw them into a care home (I must admit, this is now starting in Asian families as well, western culture being rubbed off). Parents have spent 20+ bringing you, pay it back, look after them until they pass away, thats the least any community can do. Openminded?
  • Score: 5

5:16pm Thu 24 Apr 14

ikap22 says...

Openminded? wrote:
I think Simon Hughes is right...

And the argument that you have to live within yards of your parents is rubbish.

The culture from non-Asian communities, is when the parents grow old and cannot look after themselves, if to throw them into a care home (I must admit, this is now starting in Asian families as well, western culture being rubbed off).

Parents have spent 20+ bringing you, pay it back, look after them until they pass away, thats the least any community can do.
Signs of qamat!
[quote][p][bold]Openminded?[/bold] wrote: I think Simon Hughes is right... And the argument that you have to live within yards of your parents is rubbish. The culture from non-Asian communities, is when the parents grow old and cannot look after themselves, if to throw them into a care home (I must admit, this is now starting in Asian families as well, western culture being rubbed off). Parents have spent 20+ bringing you, pay it back, look after them until they pass away, thats the least any community can do.[/p][/quote]Signs of qamat! ikap22
  • Score: 0

5:26pm Thu 24 Apr 14

shytalk says...

So you work all your life paying into the system and they then tell you to go forth and multiply in not so many words.
Tories for you eh?
So you work all your life paying into the system and they then tell you to go forth and multiply in not so many words. Tories for you eh? shytalk
  • Score: 1

6:20pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Openminded? says...

ikap22 wrote:
Openminded? wrote:
I think Simon Hughes is right...

And the argument that you have to live within yards of your parents is rubbish.

The culture from non-Asian communities, is when the parents grow old and cannot look after themselves, if to throw them into a care home (I must admit, this is now starting in Asian families as well, western culture being rubbed off).

Parents have spent 20+ bringing you, pay it back, look after them until they pass away, thats the least any community can do.
Signs of qamat!
Indeed.
[quote][p][bold]ikap22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Openminded?[/bold] wrote: I think Simon Hughes is right... And the argument that you have to live within yards of your parents is rubbish. The culture from non-Asian communities, is when the parents grow old and cannot look after themselves, if to throw them into a care home (I must admit, this is now starting in Asian families as well, western culture being rubbed off). Parents have spent 20+ bringing you, pay it back, look after them until they pass away, thats the least any community can do.[/p][/quote]Signs of qamat![/p][/quote]Indeed. Openminded?
  • Score: -1

8:12pm Thu 24 Apr 14

mavrick says...

Perhaps Simon Hughes should realise that in this money driven culture both husband and wife have to work to make ends meet, Child care costs and living costs. Just who is going to stay at home to look after elderly parents? It is even harder if either of the elderly parents are suffering dementia. I sometimes wonder what world some of these politicians live in.
Perhaps Simon Hughes should realise that in this money driven culture both husband and wife have to work to make ends meet, Child care costs and living costs. Just who is going to stay at home to look after elderly parents? It is even harder if either of the elderly parents are suffering dementia. I sometimes wonder what world some of these politicians live in. mavrick
  • Score: 9

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