Daughter despairs at housing for our elders
IT is a prospect no child wants to think about but when their parents grow older, the reality is they may not be able to care for themselves.
One Emerald woman has faced heartbreak on two fronts – first, her father was diagnosed with dementia, and then she and her husband were forced to rebuild their family home for the second time in three years.
Now, they are building a home in Springsure, partly because another flood would destroy them financially and emotionally, but also because that way the woman’s mother can be looked after.
“I’m doing everything in my power to do everything I can right so I can continue to live with them,” the woman said.
“There’s no vacancies in nursing homes, and unless I do what other people have been forced to do and drive to Longreach every weekend to see my parents, I have no other option.
“This way I can make sure my parents are getting the help they need, but I know it’s going to get to a point where I need help.”
Getting help, she said, was going to be difficult, not least because she doesn’t know where to go for information.
She went to a mental health and aging conference last month but few answers came out of the hour-long session, and now the woman is putting the call out for other people in a similar situation.
“I know I’m not the only one in this sort of situation,” she said.
“There are facilities available for people but not enough, and those people who want to keep looking after their parents, where do they go for information?