There are an estimated 11 million caregivers in the United States who are part of the sandwich generation. For those unfamiliar with the term, the sandwich generation refers to adults today who are caring in home for both their older parents, and their younger adult children who have moved back home or remained there for any number of reasons after turning 18. These people are not only caring for the aging adults in their lives, but also the needs of their younger children. Members of the sandwich generation tend to experience high levels of emotional stress, as well as physical and financial strain as they juggle responsibilities.
- Lists: People tend to have, on average, at least 15 concurrent goals and projects on a regular basis. For people managing an older adult with health conditions, that number could perhaps be significantly higher. Making to-do lists will offload some of the mental burden you may be experiencing if you’re simply remembering it all and keeping each task juggled in your head. Creating a system to help organize things will involve a digital or physical calendar, list of important contacts, and a system for managing both.
- Caregiving is best performed in a well organized and hospitable environment. For aging adults with particular physical challenges, this means that some modifications will probably need to be made to the home to keep it safe and efficient. By decluttering, installing quality of life upgrades like shower handles and mobility aids, the flow and safety of your home can be improved.