By Linda Ziac
June 20, 2017
The Caregiver Resource Center
1 in every 8 Americans between the age of 40 and 60 are balancing raising a child while caring for an aging parent, spouse or loved one.
WHAT IS THE SANDWICH GENERATION
The Sandwich Generation is a generation of people (usually in their 30s or 40s) who care for an aging loved one while supporting their own children.
According to the Pew Research Center, just over one of every eight Americans aged 40 to 60 is both raising a child and caring for a parent, in addition to between seven and ten million adults caring for their aging parents from a long distance.
Source: The PEW Research Center
CAN YOU RELATE?
Alice Robinson works a full time job while raising a daughter and caring for an aging parent. She is getting little sleep, is unfocused at work, and is exhausted and distracted at home.
Two weeks earlier, Alice’s 82-year-old father was found wandering miles from home.
Alice is also concerned about her adolescent daughter. Since her grandfather started acting strangely, the 13-year-old has been skipping school and hanging out with kids who seem to be “trouble.”
In the past 10 days, Alice has missed four afternoons of work while she checked out adult day care centers for her father and visited her daughter’s school to talk about the girl’s absences. Alice asks if you know where she can turn for help.
ALICE IS A TYPICAL MEMBER OF THE ‘SANDWICH GENERATION”
Working adults with conflicting caregiving demands live in every state in the nation and work in just about every imaginable occupation.
Members of the Sandwich Generation share many of these concerns:
• The need for information and referrals to child care providers and elder care services
• A need for alternative work options that allow them to work outside the traditional 9-to-5, Monday through Friday week
• Strained relationships with family, friends, elderly parents and co-workers as a result of their caregiving responsibilities
• Concerns about leaving young children with caregivers
• A need to learn better parenting and communication skills
• Stressed relationships with spouses/partners
• Health problems caused by stress and burnout
• Poor self-care and the need to incorporate exercise and relaxation into their lives
HOW CAN EMPLOYERS HELP?
In order to remain productive members of the workforce, members of the Sandwich Generation and other working parents need practical help balancing their work and family obligations.
Organizations that recognize this need now offer programs and services to help employees, including referrals to child and elder care providers, crisis management services, workshops, family-friendly policies and information on other community resources.
Some organizations also offer support groups and alternative work options, such as part-time job-sharing, compressed work week and flextime, which allow employees to adjust their work schedules to accommodate family and caregiving responsibilities.
Many companies are now implementing Employee Assistance Programs and Corporate Eldercare Programs, with services customized to the unique needs of the company.
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THE ROLE OF A BOARD CERTIFIED CASE MANAGER
Certified Case Managers (CCM) are specialists who assist seniors, people with special needs and their families; in planning for and implementing ways to allow for the greatest degree of health, independence, safety and quality of life.
CCMs meet with the client and /or family members to assess their needs, develop a Care Team, and work with members of the Team to formulate a comprehensive Care Plan (a road map).
Once a plan is in place, CCMs are available to serve as the point person to monitor and coordinate services, and revise the plan as needed. The CCMs' role is similar to the conductor of an orchestra; ensuring that there is good communication, teamwork, and that everyone remains focused on the desired goals.
Case management is a collaborative process that consists of four steps:
2. Development of a Care Plan (based on the unique needs of the client)
3. Implementation & Monitoring of the Plan
4. Ongoing Evaluation of the Plan Effectiveness, and Plan Modification as Needed
A PERSONALIZED ACTION PLAN
The Caregiver Resource Center’s “Action Plan for Successful Aging” Program helps seniors and people with special needs, and their family members take a proactive approach to addressing their current needs, while also planning and preparing for potential future challenges and crises.
Our successful aging strategies provide a wide range of services to meet the unique needs of the individual and their family. These strategies focus on health and mental health, case management and advocacy, home safety, transportation, and advance care planning to name a few.
Some Benefits of Our Services
• Well respected company serving the community since 1990
• All services are individually designed to meet the unique needs of the client and their family
• We are available 7 days a week by appointment, and 24/7 for emergencies
• Our services are provided onsite throughout the continuum of care (Home, doctor’s office, ER, hospital, short term rehab, assisted living, hospice, nursing home)
For more information about corporate eldercare programs visit:
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The information in this article is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. This information is not intended to be patient education, does not create any patient provider relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.
Please consult your health care provider for an appointment, before making any healthcare decisions or for guidance about a specific medical condition.
Linda Ziac is the owner and founder of The Caregiver Resource Center. The Caregiver Resource Center is a division of Employee Assistance Professionals, Inc. which Linda founded in October 1990. The Caregiver Resource Center provides a spectrum of concierge case management and advocacy services for seniors, people with special needs and families.
Linda’s professional career spans more than 40 years in the health and mental health field as a CT Licensed Professional Counselor, CT Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Board Certified Employee Assistance Professional, Board Certified Case Manager, and Board Certified Dementia Practitioner. In addition, Ms. Ziac has 15 years of experience coordinating care for her own parents.
Linda assists seniors, people with special needs and their families; in planning for and implementing ways to allow for the greatest degree of health, safety, independence, and quality of life. Linda meets with individuals and family members to assess their needs, and develop a Care Team, while working with members of the Team to formulate a comprehensive Care Plan (a road map). Once a plan is in place, Linda is available to serve as the point person to monitor and coordinate services, and revise the plan as needed. This role is similar to the conductor of an orchestra; ensuring that there is good communication, teamwork, and that everyone remains focused on the desired goal.
For more information on Linda Ziac and The Caregiver Resource Center please visit our web page at: http://www.CaregiverResourceCenter.com