CHRISTA D'SOUZA says nobody has made luxurious nursing homes

Everyday Ageism: CHRISTA D’SOUZA says the stigma about old age means nobody has made the effort to create a chain of luxurious members-only nursing homes

  • Christa D’Souza says she ought to be thinking about find a nice nursing home
  • The 61-year-old argues you don’t lose your sense of aesthetics 
  • Says perhaps it is time for eco air-conditioning and seven-star nursing homes 

It’s the last tolerated prejudice. But Femail’s had enough. It’s time we called out those day-to-day moments when we’re patronised for no longer being young…

Christa D’Souza (pictured) who doesn’t want to be a burden to her children when she can’t look after herself anymore, questions the lack of nice nursing homes

It’s a real block I have. Planning for that time when I can’t look after myself any more. I really ought to be thinking about it at the age of 61 — a nice nursing home, given that I don’t expect or want my children to take on that burden. But my brain won’t go there.

It’s as though I, out of the entire human race, am exempt. Except I think most people in Western society think the same way I do, and that goes for the business sector as well.

Because even if I could get my head around it, what’s a nice nursing home? Our stigma about old age means nobody has put any genuine welly into upping the ante on this front. Given that, if we’re lucky, we will all get old (yes, even me), it would make sense for some canny hotelier or club owner to create a chain of genuinely luxurious members-only nursing homes with beautiful linens and pureed truffled potatoes.

You don’t lose your sense of aesthetics just because you have become unable to go to the toilet by yourself, after all. Perhaps it’s a matter of time. Eco air-conditioning and seven-star nursing homes. Take my word for it, that’s where the money should be.


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