Are your elderly parents in need of care? And at the same time, are you providing for the needs of kids and family in the home? If so, you are a part of the sandwich generation – a group of men and women, usually in their 30s or 40s, who are now responsible for raising their children while at the same time providing care for their aging parents. The responsibility lists of the sandwich generation are overflowing. Many family caregivers have challenging careers, are providing activities for their children, and handle a wide range of household tasks in addition to their senior care obligations. Thankfully, there are strategies to support caregivers, and the first step is becoming educated about how to make the scenario more manageable.
At the risk of adding more to the plate, think about including these things on your to-do list to help:
- Plan a family meeting.
- Examine the various caregiving tasks that need to be completed daily and weekly. Establish common expectations of how these caregiving tasks will be carried out.
- Learn the facts to avoid surprises.
- Talk with your senior parents about finances, learning about their objectives for long-term care, and any plans they may have made if they become disabled or ill.
- Request and accept help.
The last point above is often the most challenging thing for a family caregiver to do; however, it is without a doubt the most necessary. You simply cannot try to accomplish everything by yourself, and that is fine! Reach out to local resources, such as the Area Agency on Aging, a hospital social worker, a healthcare provider, or a religious organization. Also get in touch with a local senior care company, like 24/7 Idaho Home Care, to allow yourself a break while ensuring your loved one is well cared for.
Most importantly, know that you are not alone. 24/7 Idaho Home Care’s in-home care services provides you with the time you need to relax, decreasing the likelihood of 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 highly skilled caregivers can help with a number of home care needs: personal care, meal prep, household chores, running errands, transportation, or just pleasant companionship and enjoyable conversations and pastimes.
Call our office today at (208) 908-6080 for more information about our Meridian home care services and find out how we can help you and your family. For more details about all of the different communities we serve outside of Meridian, please visit our Locations Served page.