Brings to mind a poignant conversation I overheard between an American and a gentleman from India who was working in the nursing home business.
The American guy asked him what nursing homes were like in India. After a long pause, he kind of rolled his eyes and said “We don’t have any. You must understand, in our culture there is a very strong obligation to take care of your parents, so you would never, ever see an Indian send them into a nursing home”.
The American gent was a bit taken aback by that answer, I could tell.
I would never let my parents live in a nursing home. So I didn’t. My dad lived at home with my mom taking care do him and my sibs and I helped. After he died and my mom lived alone, we helped until she had to move in with us. She died here in our house with us caring for her.
I was fortunate in that my husband was the primary income. I was able to be a stay at home and be there for my parents when they couldn’t take care of themselves.
Sorry for typos...using an iPad and trying to figure it out lol.
Not sure many are financially able to do it this way. We made our choices..good and bad....I hope my kids can live on their own after college but if not then they are welcomed to live with us.
This is a good time to take India seriously, where almost everybody is poor, but they are happy, and there is very little crime.