Are you part of the Sandwich Generation? And no, it is not ‘Ladies who Lunch’! Do you have caring responsibilities for your children AND your parents (or an older friend or family member)? If so, you are part of the Sandwich Generation – and you are likely to be ‘Time Poor’ – especially if you work or volunteer as well.
So what can you do to ease the burden? Firstly, try to identify the risks and barriers to ageing well in your loved one’s own home. What features in the home are hazardous or problematic? And then, once you know what sort of risks might be inherent to the home, make a plan to make small changes to improve the environment. Read our ‘Small Changes‘ blog series to find out more.
This is the first in our Sandwich Generation blog posts. There are more posts to follow on how to make effective use of the time you have with your parents (or older relatives) if you are worried about their safety or independence at home. https://livingwellathome.co.uk/blog/
Kaye of Loose Women fame, tells her own story of the pressure of being part of the Sandwich generation in this video:
Remember, always try to make any changes to a home with the consent and involvement of the household themselves. How would you like it if someone came into your property and started moving things around? We believe that change is made best, when made with consent.