Interesting Discussion from Detroit Free Press – Pay relatives to help care for elderly at home?

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Letters to the editor
Pay relatives to help care for elderly at home?

Why should anyone have to take care of his or her parents? Everyone knows someday we will get old, retire, possibly get sick and die. What did you do to prepare for that? …

My parents … saved, contributed to their IRAs, signed up for the right insurance, etc. They made some life choices that put them in a great position now that they are elderly.

To me, the issue is not who should take care of the elderly but why people don’t plan (or are taught) properly for the eventuality of getting old.

Alan Tong, West Bloomfield


I would be ashamed to take money for caring for an elderly relative; that should be done automatically. After all, family comes first.

I see a lot of fraud coming out of this, and I also see elderly abuse occurring. No one is there to protect someone from predators who just might be after the money. …

I think we need to get back to the old way of doing things (yes, just like the old days) like having parents living with us, caring for each other, and learning from one another, instead of being selfish and expecting the government to pay us for doing something that we should be obligated to do for free.

Mark J. Muylaert, Detroit


It’s come to a point where families need two incomes to make it in today’s economy. … Many families have older children living at home, either going to college or employed, who can care for other family members while they’re home and otherwise not doing anything productive. No reason why they should be sitting around playing video games when Grandma is laying in her own filth upstairs and no one any the wiser.

However, I don’t agree that if the government starts paying people to stay home with their infirm, that it’s a boondoggle or a means for people to be victimized any more than what is currently going on with nursing homes.

Bob Starnes, Rogers City


More government/less government isn’t the issue. It’s about love and respect. I don’t know any older person who wants to go into a government-run nursing home. … Many elderly just don’t make enough for quality care. Not everyone gets a pension or had made XX amount of money in their lives or could afford an IRA. And what if they lost (the income they had). I hope you’re ready, because plenty under Bush have lost their retirements — something rarely heard of seven years ago. A pension is a promise that now is easily broken.

Michele L. Fouchey, Detroit

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