This past week we celebrated Mother’s Day. A day to celebrate and give thanks to moms around the world for their dedication to their families. Soon we will also be celebrating Father’s Day as well. This week we would like to celebrate parents and families that balance both kids and family life and their elderly family members that are in need of care. It is not easy and leaning on help from assisted living can be the best way to create a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
Parents do a lot for their families. They put food on the table, go to work everyday, take care of the kids when they’re sick, help with homework and school projects, and so much more. As a parent you have so many different roles and it can be difficult to balance them all. During COVID-19 parents have carried unexpected difficulties. Whether that’s kids doing school from home, losing their job, a loved one getting sick, juggling their own profession, or their kids missing milestones such as prom, graduation, etc. the pressure on parents this year has been immense and yet parents are continuously rising above the expected and taking on every challenge for the family to be healthy and happy.
“As a senior executive, mom of 3, newlywed and family caregiver to my parent, I often feel torn. My biggest fear is someone feeling like they are not getting the attention they want and deserve. Having a schedule, a plan and place to reference information I need to support everyone is extremely important to me so my tasks are efficient and the time I able to spend with those I love is quality time. Working for a company that respects work-life balance is extremely important to me.” – Christina O’Leary Everett Spring Hills Vice President of Branding and Media
Caregiving to both an elderly loved one and children is all about balancing everyone’s needs. There are many challenges when it comes to being in the middle generation that has children but also has older parents that might be in need of care. Caregiving is a job, and when you have a job of your own but also are taking care of your family it is like working overtime. This can be exhausting and hard to balance with everyday challenges and difficulties.
The Sandwich Generation
The sandwich generation is defined as “a generation of people, typically in their thirties or forties, responsible for bringing up their own children and for the care of their aging parents.” This generation can be people ages 35-54 Nearly 40 percent of those aged 35-54 report extreme levels of stress (compared to 29 percent of 18-34 years old and 25 percent of those older than 55). This kind of stress is not only known to affect personal relationships with children, spouse, friends, but also take a toll on the person’s self-care and health.
There are many ways parents can manage this stress:
Taking care of yourself
Making sure you’re eating right, full balanced meals, drinking enough water, and getting enough sleep are important factors of a healthy lifestyle. Exercise is also a great stress reliever. Whether that’s going on a walk, a run, or a hike, anything to get your body active, moving, and distracting yourself a little bit out of everyday challenges. No matter how hard your life might seem, you can’t take care of other people if you don’t take care of yourself as well.
Recognize how you deal with stress and where is it coming from
Identify where your stress is coming from. Is there any particular situation or event that triggers your stress or anxiety? Once you are able to identify this, make sure the way you relieve stress is in a healthy way. Identify ways your family and friends can lessen your load so that you can take a break. Delay or say no to less important tasks.
Do be afraid to accept help
Ask for professional support or help. This can be a great way to improve your ability to get through stressful times. If you continue to feel extremely overwhelmed talking to a psychologist can also be a great way to express your emotions, worries, and help change any unhealthy behaviors you might have. There’s also the option of getting help for your loved one and hiring a caregiver. As a primary caregiver of your kids and elderly family members it can be a lot. You usually have to deal with the family members wants and needs while also running errands, doing chores around their house, and whatever else they might request. If you have the flexibility to do this then it’s great, but when people don’t have enough time in the day or an extremely tight work schedule it can be stressful. This is why the sandwich generation should accept help.
Spring Hills is here to help
A strong support system is the key to happiness. We are here to help! If you find yourself struggling to give care to a loved one don’t be afraid to accept help. Spring Hills offers an abundance of care for your family members’ needs. Our goal is for every resident or patient of ours to feel supported, comfortable, and ultimately like they are being properly taken care of.
For family members who are able to stay in the comfort of their home, there is our homecare which provides personalized care in the comfort of your home. Our Home Care Services provide flexibility, personalized support, and the assurance of safety while optimizing independence. Our Certified Home Health Aides (CHHAs) are trained to care for individuals with chronic illnesses and conditions such as dementia, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. We provide condition-specific education, exercise programs and other assistance to help individuals manage their condition while living where they feel best. Learn more here.
There is also the option of moving your loved one into an assisted living facility. Spring Hills offers a warm, welcoming environment for seniors to live happily, as they wish, with the assurance of ready support when they need it. Through our holistic approach and Signature Touch philosophy, we get to know our residents so that we can adapt our approach to meet their individual needs and suit their preferences. Our associates understand the importance of balancing personal attention, ready assistance, and discretion to ensure that seniors feel comfortably independent and at home. Learn more here.
There are options! You don’t have to do this alone; Spring Hills is here to provide you with all the resources you need for you to have that balance in your life. Caring for a loved one while taking care of your family can be difficult. The stress can be overwhelming at times and become unhealthy. Seeking help is important and can help you and your loved one to Live Happy. Click the link to learn more about what we do at Spring Hills: https://bit.ly/3f9vel0