Are your older parents in need of help at home? Are you also trying to balance meeting the care needs of children and family at home? If that’s the case, you’re part of the sandwich generation – a generation of people, frequently in their 30s or 40s, who have become responsible for bringing up their own children while at the same time providing care for their aging parents. The to-do lists of today’s sandwich generation are jam-packed. Countless family caregivers not only work full-time, but are also shuttling their kids to and from school and after-school activities and taking care of the needs of the household on top of their caregiving responsibilities. There are strategies to aid caregivers, however, and the first step is getting informed on ways to make life more manageable.
At the risk of adding more to your already overflowing plate, contemplate incorporating these items to your to-do list when caring for elderly parents along with the myriad of other responsibilities you’re facing:
Schedule a family meeting.
Talk about the many different caregiving responsibilities that need to be accomplished each day or week. Set common expectations of how these tasks can most effectively be accomplished.
Get the facts and prevent surprises.
Have a conversation with your parents about how they’re managing from a financial perspective, what their wishes are for long-term care, and what plans they’ve made if they become ill or disabled.
Ask for help.
This can frequently be the most challenging thing for a family caregiver to do, but it is undoubtedly the most necessary. You simply cannot do everything alone, and that’s okay! Call on resources such as your local Area Agency on Aging, a hospital social worker, a healthcare provider, or your religious organization. Also contact a local aging care provider, like Live Well at Home in Lincoln to give yourself a break while making certain your loved one is well cared for.
Above all, know that you don’t ever have to go it alone. Live Well at Home’s in-home senior care in Lincoln and the surrounding areas can offer you the opportunity you need to relax and recharge so you don’t become impacted by sandwich generation caregiver burnout. Whether the need is for just a couple of hours each week, full-time, live-in care, or anything in between, our professional care staff can assist with a wide range of home care needs: personal care, meal preparation, light housekeeping, taking care of errands, transportation, or simply pleasant companionship to take part in enjoyable conversations and pastimes.