Sandwich Generation

Helping the Sandwich Generation Manage Caregiving Responsibilities

Do you have elderly parents in need of help at home? Are you also attempting to find time to look after children at home? If that’s the case, you’re part of the sandwich generation – a generation of people, usually in their 30s or 40s, who are responsible for raising their own children while simultaneously caring for their elder parents. The to-do lists of the sandwich generation are crammed. Many family caregivers not only work outside of the home full-time, but they are also taking their kids to and from a number of activities, and maintaining a home on top of their caregiving duties. There are options to help caregivers, however, and the initial step is becoming informed on how to make the circumstances more manageable.

At the risk of placing more on your plate, give some thought to incorporating these items to your to-do list to help in making caregiving more efficient:

Have a family meeting.

Talk through the many different caregiving duties that need to be performed each day or week. Establish common expectations for how these caregiving tasks will be accomplished.

Get the facts to steer clear of surprises.

Caregivers should speak with their parents about how they’re managing in financial terms, what their desires are for long-term care, and what plans they have made if they become sick or incapacitated.

Ask for assistance.

This is often the toughest thing for a family caregiver to do, but it is definitely the most necessary. You can’t do everything without any help, and that’s fine! Contact resources such as the local Area Agency on Aging, a hospital social worker, a doctor, or a religious organization. Also contact a local aging care provider, like Complete Care at Home of Santa Barbara, to give yourself a break while making sure your loved one is well cared for.

Most importantly, know that you don’t ever need to go it alone. Complete Care at Home’s in-home care services can allow you the opportunity you need to rest and recuperate so you don’t become impacted by sandwich generation caregiver burnout. Whether the need is for just several hours each week, full-time care, or just about anything in between, our trained and experienced care staff can provide help with a wide range of home care needs: personal care, meal preparation, light housework, taking care of errands, transportation, or simply warm companionship to engage in enjoyable conversations and pastimes. Email or call us today at 805-727-3445 to discover more about our senior home care in Santa Barbara and the surrounding communities, and to find out how we can assist you and your family.

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