All rather melodramatic.Most of the elderly people I know are cared for by their families - there's generally a relative (close or distant) willing to live with them. Putting eldery relatives in a nursing home is viewed as shameful for the family, and putting one's parents in one is a mortal sin.
I've been in a couple of the private ones and they were satisfactory. BABS, the one favored by Anglo Argentines in Devoto, looked very respectable to me. Home care can be expensive even here. I have a friend who has teams of carers 24/7 + others who work weekends and holidays to take care of his aged mother. He owns his own business and is well off but even he says it is a financial strain. Few people could afford to do what he does for his mother.My 83 year old mother in law who lives alone has a carer due to my wife being a busy woman. Fortunately for my wife she's 100% reliable and trustworthy which is reflected in the salary she gets paid....far above the normal rate for the job. She works eight hours a day in two shifts Mon-Sat. Without her a good private care home would have to be found which I suspect is easier said than done.
The non private ones look dreadful.
The Anglo-Argentine community did not consider BABS (British-American Benevolent Society retirement home) to be a shameful place, nor did they feel ashamed that many of their elderly live at BABS when they invited Princess DIana to visit and have tea with the residents. Apparently Diana did not see the "mortal sin shame" in it either. Granted, there are poor returement homes but to paint a picture with such a broad brush is unfair.Couldn't agree more!