The sandwich generation consists of approximately 42 million American women who are “sandwiched” between the caregiving and financial needs of their children and their aging relatives. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stretched too thin because caregiving is often a one-person show. It’s important to know that there is help available when you need it. Here are a few tips to find assistance:
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
Discuss what financial plans have been made if your parents become ill or incapacitated.
Ask for assistance
Call resources such as the local Area Agency on Aging, a hospital social worker, a physician, or another trusted advisor. Home care agencies, like Partners in Healthcare, can also help by providing some much needed in-home care or respite care when you need it most.
Our care team will work with you to discuss your needs and the needs of your loved ones in order to create the best possible plan of care for your particular situation.