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.”