Find a Better Life Balance When Caring for Senior Parents
Are your senior parents in need of help at home? While providing that help, are you also trying to facilitate looking after children and family at home? If so, you are part of the sandwich generation - a demographic of people, commonly in their thirties or forties, who have found themselves responsible for raising their own children and caring for their aging parents. The to-do lists of today's sandwich generation are loaded. Countless family caregivers not only work full-time, but are at the same time shuttling their children to and from activities and taking care of the needs of the household on top of their caregiving obligations. There are solutions to aid caregivers, however, and the initial step is becoming knowledgeable on how to make life more manageable. At the risk of adding more to your already overflowing plate, give consideration to adding these items to your to-do list:
- Have a family meeting.
- Talk through the many different caregiving duties that need to be accomplished each day or week. Set common expectations of how these tasks of caregiving will be completed.
- Get the facts to prevent surprises.
- Talk with your senior parents about how they're managing from a financial perspective, what their desires are for long-term care, and what plans they've made if they become sick or disabled.
- Ask for assistance.