Solutions for the "Sandwich Generation"

Taking care of children is a challenge by itself, but combining child care with elder care for aging loved ones can seem all but impossible. If this describes you, you’re a member of the Sandwich Generation. Parents who care for their own parents and their children while holding down a job and meeting household obligations can quickly develop caregiver burnout. As insurmountable as these challenges might seem, there are effective solutions for the Sandwich Generation at Caring Companions of Memphis. sandwich - generation

Task Prioritization

Members of the Sandwich Generation quickly discover that doing everything is not an option. It’s essential to prioritize tasks and to give yourself permission to delay dealing with less important tasks. You might consider using a loop schedule, which is a tool that many homeschooling families use. Create your loop schedule by first writing down all of the essential tasks that must get done on a particular day, such as going to appointments or taking the kids to lessons. Everything that doesn’t have to get done by a particular deadline goes on a second list. This list might include tasks such as cleaning the bathroom or cooking make-ahead meals to freeze. You can progress through the list in order whenever you have time, but avoid stressing out if you don’t get it all done. After finishing the last item, start over at the top of the list.

Respite Care

Respite care can be a lifesaver for members of the Sandwich Generation. When you aren’t quite ready to hire a full-time in-home caregiver, but you need a break from your responsibilities, you can request respite care. It includes any assisted living service your aging loved one needs, but only on a temporary basis. So whether you need time to run some errands or you’d like to take the kids on vacation, you can hire an assisted living provider to care for your aging loved one.

Alzheimer’s Care

As your loved one grows older, his or her needs are likely to increase, particularly if your loved one has Alzheimer’s. At some point, it will become necessary to arrange long-term care in your loved one’s home. In-home caregivers can perform a wide range of services, including meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation, personal hygiene, and medication reminders. Thanks to trained and caring assisted living providers, you can focus on simply enjoying the time you spend with your loved one.