Friday 20 April 2018

No country for old men or women - elderly care has all the makings of a crisis

Fashion designer and TV presenter Brendan Courtney
Fashion designer and TV presenter Brendan Courtney
Charlie Weston

Charlie Weston

We are in the midst of an elderly care crisis. Some would go as far as to say this means this is no country for old men and old women. Yeats may not have had the care of the elderly and disabled in mind when he published 'Sailing to Byzantium' in 1928.

But it is hard not to recall the opening lines of the poem when watching the painful process TV personality Brendan Courtney and his family are being put through seeking care options for Brendan's father Frank.

The emotional 'We Need To Talk About Dad' RTÉ documentary this week laid bare the paucity of options available to families with dependant older relatives.

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