If you look at any retirement village in the UK it isn’t hard to notice that there are so many young carers around. What used to be an activity reserved solely for middle-aged women has now branched out to a younger group. Is this because of recent job struggles meaning people have to take what they get, or is there an underlying concern from the younger generation on the state of elderly care in the UK? We can’t expect any hard scientific results here, but some light speculation won’t go amiss. Here are a few things to consider.
Is it purely a lack of jobs?
A cynical approach to this revelation could be that the answer lies in the lack of jobs in the industries that people want them in. The problem with that theory is young people do want to be in this industry. There are so many trainee nurses and aspiring healthcare professionals that this would make a great starting step for any of those, so actually people in this industry are getting the kind of jobs they want.
Does that mean younger people actually care?
In short, yes. For whatever reason, younger people not only care more, but are now having a more active involvement in ensuring the good care of our older generations. A press release from Scottish Widows states that ‘retirement anxiety is most prevalent among people in their twenties. This group were the most concerned about the potential impact of care costs in later life with over a third (34%) saying paying for care will be a financial priority in retirement.’
This is good news for everybody as it means people at both ends of the age scale are getting attention.
Are there other factors?
There are no other obvious factors that we can see affecting this, but that doesn’t mean that the ones given are small. The fact that people are actively looking to get into this industry is a promising thing for the future of elderly care. Add that to the increase in quality of retirement homes, which are now constantly looking to keep up to date with modern tech and culture, and we have a much better scene on the horizon.
Disclaimer: This post is brought to you in collaboration with Extra Care