Immediate family members, women especially, will provide the majority of care for Bangladeshi and Pakistani elders living in the United Kingdom, says this new article from Medical News Today. The proportion of seniors in these communities will increase significantly over the next 20 years, the article adds.
As the research revealed, these elders rely heavily on their wives, daughters and daughters-in-law; only five to ten percent are receiving any type of formal care services (either government- or community-based). The general expectation is that family members, particularly adult children and especially females, will provide care out of familial obligation; some Bangladeshi and Pakistani elders see it “as the natural order of family life.”
However, views are changing among South Asian cultures; in the future, there may be fewer family members who are either available, able, or willing to provide care due to the changing economy, “international migration” and smaller family sizes. More seniors may become reliant on government-supported or privately operated residential communities or other types of community-based services like home care.
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