Elderly alert system, homecare can be important to sandwich generation


February 18, 2011

The term "sandwich generation is becoming more and more popular these days. The phrase refers to baby boomers who are caring for children while also looking after an older parent. This is a situation that can be stressful to say the least.

Kathryn Hopkins, 56, is one of these 20 million individuals. "It's a juggling act," she told Suburban Journals. "I make lists."

Caregiving is a huge responsibility that can be emotionally overwhelming. However, there are some methods that families can try and cope with the challenge. One way is to install an elderly alert system in a senior's home, which enables users to instantly send a medical alert to doctors. This may make it less necessary for caregivers to check on an older adult's health as often.

There are also a growing number of homecare agencies that can provide services to supplement these duties. Sometimes, a senior and the rest of the family pool their money to employ these workers, who can provide assistance with daily errands and activities.

"Every caregiver needs a break," Area Agency of Aging executive director Joy Paethe told the news source.