With Sam’s family coming from Italy, South Africa and the UK and Amy’s living between the UK and Syria we found it fascinating how differently older members of both families were cared for in each country. Typically in the UK once a family member was unable to live alone they were encouraged into care, either at a home or hospital depending on the level of need. In Italy and Syria for example, older family members are drawn into family homes and they are cared for by their children and wider family. It’s almost unthinkable that they would be placed in a home unless absolutely necessary. But why is that? We set out to explore the idea that geographical and financial factors play the biggest roles, meaning that often – though not always as in the case of Caras – older people are left behind, lonely and living a Life in Limbo.