Politicians court the elderly vote as keenly as commercial predators tap into the £1.77 trillion equity of UK grey-haired-owned housing. Release your equity, they entice, and enjoy a lavish final few years. Your nursing home room will have its own shower, so no being wrapped in a blanket and wheeled down the very public hallway for you. Your coffee will be hot, and your toast will not be as crispy as a wet lettuce; that’s for the (derogatory tone) ‘State funded’ resident. Therein, hidden within the sales patter, is the real hub of an issue: not all elderly people necessarily want to cash in their equity to enjoy the comforts of massage rooms, and windows that give views of trees and a river ( rather than the backend of a disintegrating housing esate, where the brightest lights after dark come from police helicopters); it’s this alternative they fear.
The luxury end of the UK care home market will mirror image the model of its parent country, America, where a room with crispy toast can cost £10,000 a month. Though, their will be degrees of ‘luxury’, rather like hotels, where politicians, retired judges, and hedge fund gamblers will mingle in the 5 star version (like friends reunited), and those of lower status will inhabit a 2 star world of middle-range supermarket bread and plastic cheese. There will be a mixing of classes, though, as, when their cash runs out, those at the top will soon be on their way down, perhaps to that most feared of all places, a State funded brick shit-house; where people reside for free, but pay a heavy price in terms of inadequately staffed care and bargain basement diets.
These are the nursing homes for the rest of us. Government ideology creates a two-tier care home system, where good care is only available to those who can pay for it.
The elderly share the fate of working class youth.
We accept a culture of hidden euthanasia and discardment, as Pope Francis has said: “When the elderly are discarded, when the elderly are isolated and sometimes pass away without affection, it is a very bad sign! … A people that does not take care of its elders, that does not take care of its young people, is a people without a future, a people without hope. Because young people … children, the youth … and the elderly advance History forward. Children, young people, true, with their biological force. The elderly, by giving them memory. But when a society loses its memory, it’s over, it’s over! It’s sad to see a society, a people, a culture that has lost its memory. … And the elderly are discarded, with attitudes behind which is hidden euthanasia, a kind of euthanasia. They are not needed, and what you do not need, you discard. …
And now the crisis is so great that young people are discarded. when we think of these 75 million young people aged 25 years and under, who are “neither-nor”, neither working nor studying. They lack it. It is happening today, in this tired Europe … . In this Europe that is tired; she’s not old, no, she’s tired. I don’t know what to do.
Today, I do speak of Europe. Europe is tired. We have to help her rejuvenate, find her roots. It’s true she has disowned her roots. It ‘s true. But we need help her find them anew” (June 15, 2014, colloquialism retained)
“A society likes this bears in it a “virus of death” due to elderly persons being “discarded because they create problems” (March 4, 2015).
This “virus of death” is slowly killing vastly indebted students who can not get a degree-type job, who are captives in their parent’s house, not able to afford to buy or rent their own, waiting for that day when the roof over their heads is ‘cashed in’ by a parent who fears the State funded brick shit-house.
As Pope Francis said: it’s a ‘hidden euthanasia’; a “virus of death” released by the political servants of Mammon.
The headlines may scream of viruses that devastate bodies, but the most virulent epedemic to destroy all generations is that of capitalism discarding the ‘the undeserving poor’ through infesting the minds of the ‘unthinking class’, that great army of “what can I do about it, anyway”.
But, of course, YOU will never catch this virus, which is akin to believing that cattle fed on scrapie-infected sheep will never become ‘mad cows’.
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