‘We feel a little forgotten’: UK care system fails 93-year-old mother

Barbara MacArthur talks about the struggle of caring for her son after Guardian letter goes viral

For more than half a century, 93-year-old Barbara MacArthur, one of the first women police officers in south Wales, has worked countless, long, unpaid hours as a carer.

In the 1960s she began looking after her ailing parents in her small terraced house in Cardiff and now, despite her own age and frailty, she continues to care for her 66-year-old disabled son, Howard. The pair live in a cramped ground floor because neither can make it up the stairs.

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