We’re living longer than ever before, thanks to incredible advances in science and medicine, and as a result, the sandwich generation (those caring for children and caring for senior parents simultaneously) are finding a new niche as they age: the boomerang generation.
“Aging together” is the label for seniors whose mom and dad are still living and in need of good care. This results in a wave of adults of retirement age, uprooting and moving to live, one more, in a location close to their senior parents. And in many cases, the senior child is being affected by his or her own health problems, further complicating the dynamics and resulting in a greater risk for caregiver burnout – on both sides of the equation.
Associate Professor of Gerontology Kathrin Boerner, of the University of MA, describes the challenge: “For a lot of people, that is the time – if you’re in good enough health – you hope for a time of greater freedom. You’re past all the other caregiving tasks and, for most people, they can dedicate time to their own needs. But for those with very old parents, it just doesn’t happen.”
Even though the regenerated bond between older adult children and their aging parents can be good for all involved, such as through discovering shared interests that can be experienced together, the toll that caregiving can take in later years can result in increased stress levels, depression, and also physical health issues.
The good news is, there’s a solution to supply the needed care for senior children along with their elderly parents, making it possible for both to focus entirely on enjoying quality time together: hiring an in-home caregiver from a professional senior care agency like Heaven at Home Senior Care in Dallas. We can help in several different ways, customized to each family’s particular situation, including such services as:
- Running errands, including buying groceries and picking up prescription medications
- Making healthy and balanced meals
- Assisting with light housekeeping and laundry
- Personal care services such as assistance with showering and dressing
- Providing transportation and accompaniment to medical appointments or fun outings
- And much more
The care providers at Heaven at Home Senior Care in Dallas, TX, are fully background checked, trained, and knowledgeable in all aspects of caring for senior parents. Leave the routine tasks to us, and get back to making the most of life with those you love! Call us at 866.381.0500 or contact us online to learn more.