Is caring for the elderly a punishment?

Silvio Berlusconi is sentenced to work with elderly people. If working with older people is a punishment I must have done something really wrong.

One has to question the message this sentence gives to those working in care, those thinking about working in care and those going into care.

What value does society put on working with the elderly if it’s meted out as punishment.

Yes I realise this is not the intention, and the primary aim is to punish, but it does send a message out to all about the value of working in care.

And that’s a worthwhile debate that we need to have.

Better pay and conditions for those working in care, would go a long way to improving standards of care.

Not all of the way, but it’s a big slice of the quality pie.