60 per cent of carers felt guilty about sending relatives into a care home

Majority of carers feel guilty about putting relatives in care homes

Written byMARK MCKAY

MORE than half of carers feel guilty about putting loved ones into care, according to a shock new study.Research by disabled charity Vitalise, said 60 per cent of carers felt guilty about sending disabled, frail or elderly relatives into a care home.

The study comes just days after the Alzheimer’s Society revealed only four out of ten said relatives with dementia had a good quality of life while in care.

A spokesperson from Vitalise said: “The sad fact is that carers’ fears are quite justified.

“In many cases respite care amounts to little more than warehousing for disabled or older people, so it’s not surprising that carers would rather struggle on at home, risking their own health in the process.

“More people than ever will be in need of respite care, but unless the issue of quality in care is addressed, this problem will only get worse.”



One Response to 60 per cent of carers felt guilty about sending relatives into a care home

  1. kimberly says:

    For our family, we made a decision to provide home care to our father who was a quadreplegic due to a drunk driver. We felt we could provide better quality care than nursing centers. He was happier at home and doctors and home care agency was amazed at how well he looked and ess doing at hone.

    It was a team effort since my father required 24/7 care as he was unable to stand, walk, feed, bathe or care for himself in any capacity. I Left my full time job, went into consulting and moved back home with parents. Yes, it was tremendous sacrifice but the rewards of the bonding, love and care in your loved oones final hours are extraordinary. My dad passed away 18 mths ago and I am grateful to God each day that he spent his last five years in his family’s care.

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