Those days are slowly but surely slipping away. It may yet turn out to be a very good thing indeed. There is a modicum of ungrateful millennials who will continue to mockingly refer to their forefathers and mothers as old dinosaurs, but they should always be mindful that sometime in the future their day will also come. Overnight, they may also begin to age. And when that happens, all aspects of the human body and mind’s capacity to do things begin to wane or decline, so much so, that no single individual who reaches a ripe old age can say that he or she will be alright alone.
Fortunately, it remains a human condition to continue with that desire. To desire to never be alone. Fortunately, the days of the old age home are slowly slipping away. Public institutions are throwing up their hands, giving it all up. They can no longer manage. It is just too expensive to provide such a service virtually free of charge. Private enterprise has taken over. Speaking of enterprise, the stakeholders associated with private care have extended services to include elderly home care services as well.
This means that grandpa and grandma no longer need to be packed off to an old age home once they reach that frightening age. They can continue to stay in a home that they have known all of their lives, a home that they built up from scratch. And they no longer need to be left to their own devices, now that they have professional elderly care services close to hand. This will include medical and frail care services.
It will include good housekeeping and food preparation. It will even include companionship.