Sandwich generation stress

The “sandwich generation” is the generation “stuck in the middle” who have living parents and children.

More specifically, the term often refers to middle-aged people who support both their parents and their children, whether financially, physically or emotionally.

Over the past decade, the number of people simultaneously providing care for children and parents has grown. This is due not only to increasing survival in older ages but the postponement of childbirth due to forging careers and delays in transitioning into independence generally.

In the UK, about 3% of the population is providing care for more than one generation, whether in the same home or across multiple homes, according to the University of Southampton.

Overall, terms like “squeezed” express the heavy pressure on people juggling duties in all directions. The “sandwich generation” can often experience burnout, isolation and feelings of depression.

A common feeling is a guilt because it is so hard to find the time to be a good spouse, parent, and child simultaneously. Some have felt they have had no choice but to reduce their hours or give up work altogether, bringing financial stress, hobbies can fall to the wayside and relationships with family members suffer, but this does not have to be the case.

If this is something you are experiencing, we are here for you. At Great Park Homecare, we can help relieve the stress and grant you the peace of mind that your ageing parents are in safe hands with the following services:

Personal Care

We work closely with clients and their loved ones to offer personal care, support and companionship 24 hours a day in Windsor, Maidenhead and surrounding areas.  We never use care agency staff, instead, we have a dedicated team of carers who we recruit, train and develop. Personal care covers a whole range of options tailored around your loved one being supported with personal hygiene, toileting, dressing and maintaining your or their personal appearance.

Live in Care

This residential care means our clients receive the personal care they need in their local community and can stay independent at home.
With a trained, professional and respectful live-in care worker, you and your loved one get support with anything and everything including personal hygiene, healthcare support, household tasks and companionship.

Respite Care

Caring for a family member full time can be as exhausting as it is rewarding. That’s why we work closely with clients and their loved ones to offer elite respite care. Our services offer family carers a chance to take a break or try out respite care as a potential precursor to live-in care. Whatever you or your loved one’s respite care needs, our Great Park Homecare carers can be trusted to be highly trained, discreet, helpful and professional always.

We also offer Household and Domestic Care, Palliative Care, Dementia Care and a PA Service. Please see our website greatparkhomecare.com for full information.