Channel 4 have a revealing programme tonight at 7.30pm for viewers in the UK about Asian Care Homes.
There is a traditional view within the Asian community highlighted in this excellent article by Sarfraz Manzoor that some white people don't think twice about tossing their parents into a care home which they visit once a year perhaps at Xmas. LM has visited a number of Care Homes and they are stuffed full of old lonely white folk with the impression that their kids spend more time caring for pet animals and focusing on career.
Alternatively, most Asians consider it a moral obscenity to send an elderly and vulnerable parent to a care home considering how they raised us during a difficult racist time in this country for the first generation of Asian parents.
LM has never pulled my punches about northern Pakistanis being at the forefront of some ghastly sexual abuse cases. However, the programme is noteworthy for highlighting the still relative absence of elderly British Pakistanis compared to for example Indian Gujarati's who seem to increasingly have no problem sending their parents into a care home.
Although a difficult and increasingly complex issue the responsibility to family rather than spending time down the Pub does play a significant role in helping to remain focused about our attitude towards Parents and the elderly in general.