The struggle to support an increasingly frail older couple to stay at home was the subject of this evening’s second episode of Protecting Our Parents, the BBC’s documentary on the care of older people.
While Kathleen and Leonard Price are determined to stay at home, their increasing needs – manifested in multiple 999 calls and hospital admissions – lead professionals to raise the question of Kathleen moving into a nursing home.
The programme raised issues about the resource limits placed on funding care at home, the health-social care divide, disputes about capacity and what happens when family members are not around to support older people.
Community Care hosted an online discussion on the programme, which you can replay below. You can also replay our discussion on the first programme.