of patients with mental handicap who are cared for in their own homes are cared for by parents who are aged over 65, and, to emphasise the point again, these are usually women. Most of these women are soldiering on without adequate financial help or support from health and social services. Moreover, Mrs Val Hollinhurst pointed out, two thirds of them were themselves in poor health. It was wrong to think that they got plenty of support from friends and neighbours; in reality many were shunned, and the rosy vie…
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