Abandoning aged parents is no doubt a crime. But sending them to old age homes due to different valid reasons is something that cannot be avoided in the present circumstances. So, calling for a lockout of old age homes does not seem to be practically viable in the present day situation.
Nuclear family, affordability, busy schedule of children and many other factors are often cited as reasons for sending parents to old age homes. The system of day care centers for the aged are also coming up in different parts of the country.
I don't think old age homes are a place where aged parents feel happy or contented. Having spent their good years for the children, they do feel neglected and lost when they are shifted to an entirely new surrounding. I personally consider it as inhuman but then I know some inmates of old age homes who are happier in such homes than being with their children because they don't feel lonely out there. They opt for such places due to the neglect and lack of care they had to bear with in the house of their children. Geriatric care is becoming a social issue especially with the increase in the lifespan of people in India. There is no point in forcing a ward to take care of his/her aged parent because we cannot ensure that they are taken care of properly.
So, whether one agree or disagree, old age homes is already an inevitable requirement in our present day society and more of it will keep coming up; it is already a profit making business for some who have special homes especially for those who are rich. But, I think that the need of the hour is to have a government body to strictly monitor and regulate the functions of such old age homes or geriatric care centers.
'Don't miss the Donut by looking through the hole'- Anonymous.