IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 520 - In Britain, when someone gets old often go to live with other old people

IELTS Writing Task 2/ IELTS Essay:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

In Britain, when someone gets old they often go to live in a home with other old people where there are nurses to look after them. Sometimes the government has to pay for this care.

Who do you think should pay for this care, the government or the family?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

You should write at least 250 words.

Sample Answer 1:
A visible change of any living organism is getting older. Child, youth, adult and elder are some of the stages in our life. Child and elderly stages are dependent stages compared to other two stages. For both of these situations, a human being needs other’s support.     

While we were children, our parents were there for our supportive role. When the parents became older, definitely their children need to be the supportive role for their parents. This is the role we carry among human beings vice versa. If the parents live with their children only parents will feel safer, attached to family and sharing of love. Unfortunately, many of them attending to works, they do not have time to look after their children neither their parents. In this case, elders could be sending to some a common place where other elders are staying. But payment cannot be made by the government.  

Since it is the responsibility of their family, definitely family needs to pay for caring of their parents. They may not have enough time to take care of their parents. Since the government has employed special people for that, at least those elders’ parents need to be paid by their family.    

For an example, many of the parents were private sector employees and they did not have a monthly pension scheme. But they have only Employee provident fund and employee trust funds. It has been used by the children of the parents in plantation sector of Sri Lanka. Finally, children will neither look after their parents nor elderly parents do not have own money in hand. That is, all advantages utilised from elders. When they become a stage of the dependent, families are trying to escape from their responsibilities. This is a kind of selfish. Paid by the government should be stopped and families should be paid for them.

Especially the children are responsible for looking after the parents; they should definitely pay for the parents and not the government.

( Written by - Niro) 

Sample Answer 2:
At present, most of the elderly population are left under the care of home-cares due to the fact that the younger family members are too busy with their work and could not provide sufficient care and attention for the later. In addition, some of the family members even fail to provide financial support. Hence, the government has left no choice but to pay for their care. Some people believe financial responsibility should be given to the family, however, I strongly believe that the government should take greater responsibility. This argument is supported by stating some of the reasons why I agree.

First and foremost, there are variations in each family's financial capabilities. Some can provide sufficient support for the elderly, while some fail to do so. This instability is risky, therefore the government, which has the sufficient resources could somehow assist them instead. For instance, a family member may have no job when an elderly needs hospitalisation. In this case, giving the responsibility to the government will be an advantage.

Moreover, a majority of the elderly had been productive during their earlier life. Some of them have paid insurances, government fees and taxes. These contributions had been helpful in establishing the government. Hence, in return, the government should help them, now that they already are debilitated. For example, as an intake coordinator for insurances, I am aware that in the United States, productive citizens, who work in a company are paying monthly contributions for their Medicare insurances. When the time comes that these citizens became old and sick, the government is mandated to support their needs.

In summary, financial support for elderly citizens should be a responsibility for both the family and the government. However, because the government is more stable they should take greater responsibility.

( Written by - Arlyn Crescini )


Sample Answer 3:
The concept of old homes is very prevalent in modern societies. However, this trend has dramatically increased in some developing and developed countries over the last few years. Senior citizens prefer to live in those homes because of better interaction and care facilities. Some people argue that state is responsible for looking after their people and should spend money on their care. Others claim that expenses should be bear by family in response to hard work and effort for providing health, education and other amenities of life to their family members. I believe that it is a mutual duty of family and government to support them financially.

Family plays a substantial role in providing comfort to their elders, therefore effort of senior citizens should be acknowledged as they have spent all their for the upbringing and taking care of children health, education and other necessities of life. During the old age of their parent, it is a primary obligation of the family members not to deprive them of their basics financial needs.

On the other hand, senior citizens had served their entire life while serving in both public and private sector for the betterment of the country. They have deposited chucks of money in government funds in term of taxes throughout their services, this makes them eligible for the help of the government in the time of need.

To sum up, I would like to say that government should take necessary measures for making comfort and ease in senior people lives. Their health-related issues should be urgently solved while not taking even a single penny from them. Moreover, the family is also responsible of their elders need and must put their maximum efforts to make them happy during their last days.

( Written by - Fahad Sultan ) 


Sample Answer 4:
One of the most challenging and controversial questions of today’s society is that who should be responsible for old people’s care and expenses: either it should be the government or the family members. In my opinion, it should be a mutual responsibility of both the government and the family.

To start with, parents plays the most important and strong part in a child’s life. They give them values, manners, love and care. They provide them support morally as well as financially. They try their best to give their child the ideal life they could imagine.

So, when these parents get old and need help and support in almost every manner, then children should not run from their duties. They should take care of their parents as good as their parents did when they were young.

On the other hand, all the families don’t have the same structures. Some might have problems such as financial or accommodation. Then at this point, I believe that the government should come forward and take steps to make senior citizen’s lives better. The people who are now old have paid the tax in their whole life and that’s why the government should take their financial responsibilities as well.  Old citizens should have equal rights on government funds as they have served and paid taxes which help the government to run the state. I strongly claim that government should have a fixed fund or deposit for individuals and as well as for old homes.

In addition, I like the idea of the security deposit as for example, an old person can live with his family without being a burden on them. Finally, in my opinion, both the government and the family should possible responsibility to make senior citizens happy and give them a comfortable life.

( Written by - Mansoor Afzal) 

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0 # Kirti 2019-03-04 20:05
There is no denying to the fact that old age is the time when one seeks attention and care from their dear ones. However, old citizens in some countries are sent to the old-age home where they live with other elderly people and trained medical staff takes care of them. Since family members no longer want to bear the expenses and take responsibilities, sometimes the government looks after their well-being. In my opinion, it’s the family members' responsibility to afford the expenses; however, in some cases, the government should support the old people.

Parents raise their children with the utmost care and spend all their savings to upbring them and to educate them. Hence when it comes to children to take care of their parents, they should not think of it as a hurdle in their personal lives. Elderly care should be provided by family members as it would make them more comfortable and happy in their last innings of life. Thus the major responsibility of the care and medical support of an elderly person should be born by the family members.

Nevertheless, the government should support the expenses of older people in some cases. For example, many people do not have a kinship with the immediate family and are homeless. Some others go to the old home willingly and the government should take full responsibility of such senior citizens. On top of that, many families are not financially strong and cannot pay for expensive medicines and treatments. In such cases, the government has a liability to support such people.

To conclude, elder people should be taken care of by their kin but in some exceptional cases, the government should intervene and take full responsibility for their welfare.
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+1 # Ashima 2019-01-06 05:20
In Britain, when someone gets old they often go to live in a home with other old people where there are nurses to look after them. Sometimes the government has to pay for this care.

Who do you think should pay for this care, the government or the family?

Sample Essay:
There is no doubt that senior citizens need care and support, often more delicate attention and assistance than the younger ones. In Britain, some of the older people relocate to stay in old-age homes to obtain medical support and care. At times, the cost is borne by the British government instead of the families. In my opinion, the treatment cost and care of the old people should be the responsibility of both the government and the respective family members.

Those who believe that only the government should pay for the support of old people may argue that the taxes they paid should cover the cost. This is because not everybody has enough money to afford the expensive medicines. For example, although there has been extensive research to cure cancer, the patients going through this disease needs private attention. In such cases and many more, the government can only spend money and can’t provide any personal attention to help the patient's recovery. Hence, the government can assist but should not be solely responsible for this effort.

On the other hand, I believe elderly care should be primarily supported by their family members. This is because support from the family is the utmost important aspect and makes them feel wanted and cared. For example, our parents at their old age, who have spent a lot of their money and time raising us and often their grandchildren, can be provided with domestic care and nurse in the supervision of the family. This helps foster the bond between the family members and ensures that the proper treatment is provided and the elderly are happy in their last phase of life.

In conclusion, although everyone can’t bear the higher medical costs for the elderly, the governments can ensure that the provisions are made to support elders. But the family must take some responsibilities for the cost and care.
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+1 # Harbans 2016-02-15 15:28
I agree with both methods and we should think about that: 'A few years ago our parents were children, and now they are old. Parents give us love, they fulfill our every demand and they take our best care. It's our responsibility to take care of them in return. As you sow, so shall you reap.'
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