Working adults who are caring for, and raising, their own children but who find themselves in the position of caring for aging or ill parents are in what has been deemed, “The Sandwich Generation.”
Many of today’s caregivers are in what has been termed The Sandwich Generation. These folks are caregivers who have taken on the role of caring for an aging or ill parent or family member while still raising their own children and pursuing a career.
Chances are you know a caregiver or are one yourself. Statistically speaking, if you’re a woman who is between the ages of 48-60 you will be a caregiver (the average age of caregivers is 51), because more than 60% of women are. Consider that close to 70 million individuals (29% of the population) in the United States are in a caregiving role and chances are you know more than one person who is providing care to an aging or disabled relative.
Looking for an ideal caregiver is akin to finding the perfect babysitter for your child, you need to find someone you can trust completely with your loved one. Looking for a caregiver for an aging relative or a family member that is coping with a medical condition is a task that cannot be undertaken lightly.
November has been designated as National Caregivers Month although for anyone involved in the caregiving process, it is a year round task when it comes to caring for frail, elderly or disabled friends or family members. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, the term “caregiver” means anyone who provides assistance to someone else who is, in some degree, incapacitated and needs help; this could be a husband who has suffered a stroke, a wife with Parkinson disease, a mother-in-law with cancer, or a grandfather with Alzheimer disease.
It can be a difficult transition when the time comes to move your mom or dad into your family home. Open conversations and planning prior is a necessity that creates all types of questions.
One way to allow your aging parents to remain independent is to equip their home with a medical monitoring device. These devices allow them to obtain emergency medical assistance at the touch of a button from their medical alert button and provide peace of mind for them and the family members for those times when your parents are alone in the home.
While many people believe that a medical alert system is only for the elderly, others have come to realize that this is not the case. Believe it or not, caregivers of all ages can benefit from having access to a medical alert system during an emergency.