The reality is caregivers will only continue to be needed. I am part of the ‘sandwich’ generation of one who has children of my own and parents who are aging. They may not need me much now, but that will most likely change.
In reality, healthcare whether by the state or province one resides in or private health insurance needs to offer more for caregivers and assist with home care/care giving. It can be a lonely road to travel, a road that wears one down so that we cannot provide the best quality of care.
Self-care is needed to prevent burn-out.
Ambushed by Eldercare? You’re Not Alone
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Late one night the phone rings. Your 80-year-old mother has had a heart attack and your life turns upside down, bringing worry, stress, anxiety, and uncertainty, your days punctuated by one crisis after another.
More than 54 million Americans are unpaid caregivers to their family members, two-thirds of whom are women (Matthews & Blank, 2013). Pulled in multiple directions at once, many are caring for their own children, as well as older relatives, and their numbers are only increasing as the population ages.
“It is a terrible situation to have so many people to care for and yet also have work responsibilities and other commitments—as well as the need to take care of oneself and remain sane,”…
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