IELTS Writing Practice 25

 
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The Writing Task 2 of the IELTS Academic/General test requires you to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. You will be presented with a topic and will be tested on your ability to respond by giving and justifying an opinion, discussing the topic, summarizing details, outlining problems, identifying possible solutions and supporting what you write with reasons, arguments and relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

  • - Write in a formal style
  • - Write at least 250 words

Write about the following topic:

Many elderly people are no longer looked after by their families, but are put in care homes or nursing homes.  What are the advantages and disadvantages of this trend?

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

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Question

Many elderly people are no longer looked after by their families, but are put in care homes or nursing homes.  What are the advantages and disadvantages of this trend?

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Model Essay
Many elderly people are no longer looked after by their families, but are put in care homes or nursing homes.  What are the advantages and disadvantages of this trend?

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It is becoming more and more popular for families to place elderly parents in care establishments rather than looking after them at home.  While the positives of this include readily available healthcare, trained professionals and first-class facilities, there are significant drawbacks to such a move.

On the upside, care homes are well designed to help senior citizens live comfortably in their twilight years.   For a start they provide specialized medical care for people with certain conditions.  For example, for those with dementia, nursing homes provide round the clock nursing as many patients are a danger to themselves.  Additionally, care establishments offer individual health plans for residents that include customised meal plans and physiotherapy facilities to ensure every person keeps the best health possible.  A final point is that care homes provide a safe environment for their inhabitants. Nursing homes are usually outfitted with ramps, accessibility equipment and security guards to ensure peace of mind for residents in a particularly frail condition

On the other hand, the cost of such places can exert a severe monetary toll on many people.  Around the clock specialized care of an ailing parent does not come cheap, and state welfare schemes will often only pick up the tab after when a patient’s finances are exhausted.  A further downside is the high resident to staff ratio at such places.  Nurses are often over-worked and understaffed, and find it difficult to attend to all resident’s needs.  Most importantly, once in a care home, adult children are often too busy to visit a senior patient as often as liked leading to feeling of isolation and abandonment.

In conclusion, there are benefits and drawbacks to both sides, though where possible it seems more beneficial to look after a family member at home, than in a specialized facility.

Revision Exercise
Each sentence in the report below contains one or two errors. Errors may be grammar or punctuation based. A list of the common errors used with answer is given at the end.

On the other hand, the cost of such place can exerting a severe monetary toll on many peoples.  Around the clock specialising care of ailing parent do not come cheap, and state welfare scheme will often only pick up the tab after when a patient’s finance is exhausted.  High resident to staff ratio at such places. Nurses are often over-working and understaffed, and find it difficult to attend to all resident’s need. They are in a care home.  Adult children are often too busy to visit senior patient as often as liked lead to feeling of isolation and abandon.

In conclusion, there is benefits and drawbacks to both sides.  Where possible it seem more beneficial to look after family member at home, than in specialized facility.

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Step 1: Planning
Many elderly people are no longer looked after by their families, but are put in care homes or nursing homes.  What are the advantages and disadvantages of this trend?

Type: Advantage and Disadvantages

  1. What is the topic of the question?
  2. How many questions are there?
  3. How many things do you need to consider?  

The question is about the benefits and drawbacks of many families placing elderly parents in caring establishments.   There is only one question, but two parts including the advantages and disadvantages. Since there is no opinion, the conclusion should simply restate the main points.

Plan:

  1. Analyse the question.
  2. Brainstorm a number of main points that you wish to talk about
  3. Choose which points you wish to use and think of two supporting details for each
  4. Decide on the order of your main points before writing.

Thesis

Available healthcare, trained professionals, first class facilities, drawbacks

Advantages

Well designed to aid senior citizens

  • Specialized medical care
  • Example – dementia, danger to self

Individual health plans

  • Customised meal plans, physiotherapy faciities

A safe environment

  • Ramps, access equipment and security guards

Disadvantages

Severe financial toll on most people

  • Expensive care, unsubsidised by government

Low staff to patient ratio

  • Overworked nurses, unable to respond quickly to emergencies

Residents my feel forgotten

  • Feelings of isolation, abandonment
Step 2: Write the essay

It is becoming more and more popular for families to place elderly parents in care establishments rather than looking after them at home.  While the positives of this include readily available healthcare, trained professionals and first-class facilities, there are significant drawbacks to such a move.

On the upside, care homes are well designed to help senior citizens live comfortably in their twilight years.   For a start they provide specialized medical care for people with certain conditions.  For example, for those with dementia, nursing homes provide round the clock nursing as many patients are a danger to themselves.  Additionally, care establishments offer individual health plans for residents that include customised meal plans and physiotherapy facilities to ensure every person keeps the best health possible.  A final point is that care homes provide a safe environment for their inhabitants. Nursing homes are usually outfitted with ramps, accessibility equipment and security guards to ensure peace of mind for residents in a particularly frail condition

On the other hand, the cost of such places can exert a severe monetary toll on many people.  Around the clock specialized care of an ailing parent does not come cheap, and state welfare schemes will often only pick up the tab after when a patient’s finances are exhausted.  A further downside is the high resident to staff ratio at such places.  Nurses are often over-worked and understaffed, and find it difficult to attend to all resident’s needs.  Most importantly, once in a care home, adult children are often too busy to visit a senior patient as often as liked leading to feeling of isolation and abandonment.

In conclusion, there are benefits and drawbacks to both sides, though where possible it seems more beneficial to look after a family member at home, than in a specialized facility.

 
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