Home Instead Senior Care understands the pressures and stress faced by ‘the sandwich generation’. The sandwich generation are women aged between 50 and 69 with a living parent and children (accounting for a third of this age group, or 141,400 women in Ireland), according to the Trinity College Dublin study on intergenerational transfers. Most of these women give a range of financial or non-financial help to both their elderly parents and their children. Over half of these women (58 per cent) give help to their parents and 83 per cent give help to their dependent and non-dependent children, according to the research that is part of the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA).
In addition, one third of the sandwich generation women look after their grandchildren – this proportion increased with age and decreased with education level. Half of the women also work and a quarter had third-level education, the study found. Home Instead Senior Care agrees with a key finding of the report that “providing such support can have a negative impact on the health of these women and lead to increased depression”. The sandwich generation is becoming more relevant with changing population structure as people live longer, fertility is delayed and more women remain in the workforce, the report said.
The recession also impacts on the ability of elderly parents and younger adult children to offer support as availing of home care support is often thought of as an expensive option, which isn’t necessarily the case. “Many of our older clients have adult children who work and have their own children and grandchildren to care for,” explains Ed Murphy, CEO of Home Instead Senior Care. “These pressures of ‘modern family life’ do not lend themselves to providing the necessary support to elderly loved ones. “This is where home care is a highly effective service. We essentially become their ‘Care Partner’. Our Professional CAREGivers support older adults to remain at home when perhaps family members have other commitments they need to see to.
Home care is proven to help older people remain happier and healthier for longer than otherwise possible because they are living in familiar surroundings. This reduces the pressure on the sandwich generation, giving them peace of mind when they feel worried and stressed about the care of their ageing loved one. Up to 41 per cent tax relief is available on the cost of home care so it is certainly more affordable for families than financing expensive nursing homes and hospital beds.”
To find out more about how Home Instead Senior Care can support you, call us on 1890 930 013 or log on to www.homeinstead.ie.