Across the world, with the populations ageing, the frail elderly need for care by government agencies and family members is on the rise. Despite this, there is a supposition that the children must provide care to old parents, as parents provide care to their children in their adolescence. However, in actuality social services and government health have taken a central role. On the contrary, in some states, laws, statutory guidance and policies obliged parents to provide care to their children; while, bear no legal responsibility on children to take of their elderly parents (Lundberg, 2009, pp.81-87).
In order to maintain a livelihood, the old parents may depend on governmental, family support, or personal savings. In United Kingdom, the key income sources for all elderly parents are their support of children and personal savings. Since, in United Kingdom, there are laws and statutory guidance and policies such as filial responsibility act in 1601 that oblige children to support and care for their elderly parents. Parental support legislation overtly asserts that it is the children's responsibilities, and not on the government to support and take care for their parents when they get old, weak and need the support of their children to carry out daily routine tasks.
This paper takes in the cases study of Mrs. Lambat, who is a 72 years old woman. She experiences difficulties in mobility because of a stroke. She lives alone, but needs help in performing daily tasks. She has one son and two daughters, but they did not provide care to their elderly mother. Therefore, being a Local Authority social worker in this paper the filial responsibility laws in United Kingdom; whether these laws may effectively safeguard the interest of Mrs. Labat (elderly mother), and also encourage ways of children support for elderly mother, with reference to case of Mrs. Labat.
Caring for an elderly parent may appear like an overwhelming task. It engages making decisions and understanding about options and services that was not known by most of the people. The statistics show that four out of one adult are mainly accountable to care for their old parent and in the future this number is expected to increase.
Filial responsibility can be defined as the personal duty or obligation sense, which adult children sense for supporting, caring for and protecting their elderly parents. This responsibility is apparent in behaviors, as well as in attitudes of adult children, often to identify expressions in support with the help in meeting daily needs, shared living arrangements, provisions of emotional and affection support, personal contact maintenance, and to find expression in assistance with tasks like shopping and other household tasks (Carlson, 2001, pp.124-46). However, usually measured a response to urgent crises or demand, filial responsibility also involve as significant remedial dimensions, which endorses independent attitude among elderly parents. Since, the filial adult children sanction elder parents through allowing them to carry out the tasks that they ...