Sandwich generation should assess long-term care options


May 31, 2011

It's not easy to be a member of the sandwich generation who takes care of both children and older adults, particularly if a senior is in need of special attention due to a chronic disease such as Alzheimer's. Sometimes, these patients can require nearly round-the-clock assistance that can leave caregivers feeling emotionally and physically drained at the end of each day.

The important part of the experience may be to start planning ahead for long-term care options that can provide some alternatives to home care, according to The Garden City Patch. This can be a boon for those who are trying to climb the career ladder while tending to the needs of an older adult. 

The news source reports that day care programs for dementia patients and other seniors who need medical care can allow caregivers a break and some peace of mind from their responsibilities. 

At home, it may be a good idea to invest in an elderly alert system. This device enables users to immediately send a personal emergency response message if they suffer an unexpected health condition and require assistance. 

The Alzheimer's Association estimates that there are 5.4 million Americans across the country who are suffering from the disease, requiring the care of nearly 15 million caregivers.