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Welcome to the Sandwich Generation: Now What?

Posted on: May 6th, 2015 by Kim McCreery

Home Care Assistance for Sandwich GenerationSome 47 percent of middle-aged adults are “sandwiched” between the daily stresses of caring for aging relatives and their children simultaneously. That figure is up from 45 percent in 2005.

In addition, members of the sandwich generation experience more financial burdens, which add to their stress. And 31 percent said they feel rushed to complete daily activities and chores.

Caregiving is often a one-person show, but it does not need to be if the caregiver has support. Step one is recognizing that there are solutions. Step two is getting educated on ways to make the situation more manageable. Here are a few tips to help:

Hold a family meeting

Discuss the many different caregiving tasks that need to be accomplished each day or week. Set mutual expectations of how the many tasks of caregiving will be accomplished.

Get the facts and avoid surprises

Caregivers should talk to their parents about how they’re doing financially and what plans they’ve made if they become ill or incapacitated.

Ask for assistance

Call resources such as the local Area Agency on Aging, a hospital social worker, a physician, or a church. Call for in-home care from a local agency such as At Home Solutions. Don’t go it alone. We have trained and experienced caregivers and can help you start fixing the problems related to a life out of balance due to multiple care responsibilities.

At Home Solutions provides expert home care solutions for those caught in the sandwich generation. Our Case Grande office serves Pinal County in south-central Arizona. We’d love to hear from you, even if it is just to bounce ideas or connect you with local resources. Trying to figure out what your options are can be very overwhelming if you are doing it alone. And don’t worry, you won’t get a sales pitch, or be pressured into scheduling an appointment. Contact us today at 888-496-3983.

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