Eldercare at home: cultivating greater balance for the Sandwich Generation
By Marcie Laws
We’re all familiar with the distinguishing characteristics of Gen X, Gen Y and the Baby Boomer generation. But what happens when you put them all together under one roof? According to a recent report for CBS News, approximately 16 million adults across the country are finding out, as they suddenly find themselves occupied not only with parenting duties, but also with providing eldercare at home for aging parents. These dual caregivers have been dubbed “the Sandwich Generation,” and their numbers are set to increase rapidly over the next 25 years.
In the face of so much caregiving responsibility, many families struggle to maintain balance. However, there is no escaping the rapidly aging American population, or their eventual need for part-time or full-time care. Therefore, it is essential for adult children coping with dual caregiving obligations to seek help – from community groups and organizations, friends and family, and in-home care services dedicated to easing the burden and improving seniors’ quality of life.
Optimizing care: community, technology and a personal touch
Caring for children and aging parents under the same roof may seem daunting. But in today’s society, there are a number of resources available to help caregivers create greater balance in their lives while still providing the best possible lifestyle for their kids and aging loved ones alike. First, it is important to ask for a helping hand: engage your family (and friends, if you can) to juggle duties and ensure time for rest, relaxation and fun.
Second, make use of technology. The internet is a valuable resource for caregivers and seniors alike, helping keep families connected through email, photo sharing and social media websites while also making schedule sharing and care services easy to edit and access as needed. Finally, remember that there is personal, professional care available outside your home – and that you will be better able to share love and companionship with your family if you schedule breaks for yourself by hiring an in-home eldercare provider.
At Mirabella Care Inc., we provide compassionate senior assistance services for clients throughout San Diego County. Our mission is to enhance the lives of the elderly, whether they live at home, with adult children or in a nursing facility – and to partner with families to optimize overall care and wellbeing. From short-term help to daily visits, our skilled professionals offer customized San Diego eldercare services to meet your needs and exceed your expectations. Count on Mirabella Care Inc. for friendly companionship, self-care assistance and even help acclimating seniors to the latest technology. To learn more, contact us online today: www.mirabellacare.com
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