The latest version of the model treats year 2000 as the base year. There were 7.8 million people 65 and over in England in 2000. Around 400,000 older people (5.2% of older people) were in institutional settings in March 2000. Of these, approximately 240,000 were in residential care homes, 135,000 were in nursing homes and 26,000 were in long-stay hospital care. Data from the 1998/9 GHS suggest that slightly over 350,000 older people (4.5% of older people) received local authority home help or home care services.
It seems that it is quite common for us Brits to sort of keep the elderly out of the way, in an institution as opposed to looking after our own families. This some times means that care homes are far away from the patients original home and from relatives, making them very isolated from society. Also, this will add confusion to people with degenerative illnesses such as dementia.
I’ve used Google Street View in order to construct this. I have started with my story.
Point A is my Nana’s home address and point B is the address of her Residential Care Home.
Google Maps said it was 7 miles away.
Her next of kin lived 7 miles away
Her eldest daughter lived 217 miles away
Her youngest daughter lived 6 miles away
J.V.B, Kate Green, 2012
In Ed Kashi and Julie Winokur’s The Sandwich Generation, they explain how they moved 3,000 miles to support Julie’s father to look after him, giving up her ‘prime time’ to look after Herbie, 83, who suffers with dementia. This shows the dedication a loved one has for her father, at the same time as she looks after her children: this is something we see less in the UK.