The “Sandwiched Generation” and the Need for Home Care Assistance
Those born post-World War II are usually referred to as the “Baby Boomers,” but in recent years, their title has evolved to the “Sandwiched Generation.” People raised between the years of 1946 and 1964 are experiencing a shift in roles – not only are they responsible for taking care of their children, but also their own parents. An estimated 16 million Americans find themselves ‘sandwiched’ between two generations, struggling to raise their kids while caring for an aging loved one. This is exactly the type of person for whom home care assistance is designed.
People are living longer and Boomers are having their own children later. Therefore, it’s not uncommon to find a 50-year-old with school-aged children and a living parent who faces challenges with Activities of Daily Living. A home health aide or personal care assistant can help with physical challenges faced by aging parents – such as meal preparation, bathing and transportation – as well as provide the mental health benefits of an engaged companion throughout the day.
Time spent taking care of one’s parents is time away from the needs of one’s own children, which can cause stress on caregivers already juggling a full plate of family and career responsibilities. Also, the line drawn between independence and dependence for the Sandwiched Generation’s parents can cause tension within relationships. When parents fall ill, “They become terrified of losing their independence,” said Howard Gleckman, author of Caring for Our Parents. So, what is the Sandwiched Generation to do?
Hiring a home-health aide or personal care assistant can ease the burden. Not only will at-home care keep independence in-tact for as long as is feasible, but will help relieve the everyday stresses that the Sandwiched Generation may face. Home care is a financially savvy option for the Sandwiched Generation (in comparison to paying for nursing home care) and will leave them with ample time to spend with their own families. Hiring a home-health aide is a guilt-free way to be sure loved ones are receiving the best care possible.
If you find yourself “sandwiched” between the responsibilities of caring for your own kids as well as your parents, please give Caring Home Care a call. We’d be delighted to provide you with “better care at home.”
Care (verb) – the act that is necessary for the health and welfare of someone or something.
Giver (noun) – someone who devotes themselves completely.
The definition itself is simple when put on paper, but a caregiver is so much more than a few words on a page.
A caregiver devotes themselves to being responsible for a person with Alzheimer’s disease. Not only for one or two hours, but in some cases, for twenty-four hours a day, every day of the week. A full time position, caregivers willingly give support, love and careful attention to patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
Caregivers are licensed nurses that offer a multitude of services. They are the rock of families who are going through their loved one’s experience with Alzheimer’s, and strive to make life a little easier for everyone. Caregivers make sure that patients are kept healthy through moderate exercise, diet, and most importantly, the companionship a caregiver can offer.
Our caregivers range from live-in aides to companions. They are available for various amounts of time, no matter how short or long the period, for various activities and types of assistance. Our care is customizable to your loved one’s needs, and can be adjusted accordingly.
Who can benefit from a caregiver?
Any family that has a loved one going through Alzheimer’s disease can benefit in multiple ways from a caregiver. There are appropriate forms of attention that can be given to your loved one throughout the early, middle and late stages of the disease.
For example, early stages involve the caregiver helping with everyday tasks and being an outlet for an Alzheimer’s patient to express their feelings. Middle stages involve help getting dressed, and calmly assisting a patient with tasks if they grow distressed.
Caregivers can also provide shopping assistance, light housekeeping, accompaniment to doctor’s appointments, bathing, transferring and many other daily care services.
Taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s is a full time job. It is okay to accept help. If you and your family feel that an extra set of hands paired with a full heart would be well received in your home, then a caregiver can offer you the help and support you’ve been seeking.
Caring Home Care has spent over eighteen years building a reputation based on the consistent delivery of superior home health care services. As a licensed Nurse Registry and Home Health Agency (Caring Associates, Inc.), we adhere to standards of excellence defined by the state of Florida through the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA.) Our objective is to provide your loved ones with a quality-assured care tailored to their individual needs. To respect their dignity, we make every effort to allow for as much personal independence as possible.