You should be wondering what a badante is…..
Would you let your daughter sit on a badante’s knee ?
Would you leave one alone with your elderly parents ? ?
The answer is yes, yes and yes
In La Dolce Vita the Italians aren’t embarrassed by the old folk
They don’t believe in abandoning them in soulless ‘old people’s
…..essentially death’s waiting rooms
And where these homes exist they are typically situated in the
centre of towns
And not in some out-of-town, out-of-the way corner where we
can’t see them
Old folk (and we all get old eventually) are always a part of
the family in Italy…..
…..and families prefer to remain together
This is where the badante comes in…..
The badante is the person (male or female) that you see all over
Italy walking arm in arm with an old person or pushing them along
in a wheelchair
The badante is a live-in carer
The badante is also a foreigner working to get his / her residence
papers so that they have health and social security benefits
The badante has everything to play for and everything to lose…..
Your old folk and your daughters are going to be safe
For a little spending money, a roof over their heads, great food,
a bit of time off and the opportunity to go ‘legit’ in the land
of ‘milk and honeys’ these foreigners have become the silent
army that helps keep Italy a kind of paradise on Earth
Meanwhile, gramps (nonno in Italian) and granny (nonna in
Italian) can continue to live at home…..
…..plus they have someone to look after their needs…..
The Italian State even recognises the importance of this job and
pays £700 – £800 a month towards the cost
In this simple way everyone’s a winner
1.The nonni (plural for grandparents) are happy, at home and still
a part of Italian life
2.The Italian State doesn’t have to fund millions of expensive care
3.The foreigners are providing a valuable service and eventually
become tax payers and full members of society
Now I know that God was an Englishman (E.M Delafield) …..
I know that Einstein was a German…..
I know that the Americans put a man on the moon (apparently !)…..
I know that Errol Flynn was ‘part human, part donkey’…..
But the Italians have managed to work out how to look after their
elders, to control illegal immigration and to avoid busting the
Way to go, boys !
I know where I want to grow old and irascible ! ! ! ! !