For centuries, it’s been traditional for children to care for their aging parents – in fact, families have long supported each other at all phases of life through care work. Today, though, our changing lifestyles mean that it’s harder for middle-of-life adults to take on this work. Those adults who do care for aging parents, specifically those also raising their own kids, are known as the sandwich generation.
Many members of the sandwich generation feel as though they have no other options when it comes to caring for their parents and feel guilty if they choose to seek alternatives to keeping everyone under one roof. As more families find themselves on the cusp of such a decision, it’s important to consider what your options are for caring for aging parents and your own children.
One of the first factors you should consider when determining whether you’re able to care for your parents at home is whether or not you have space – and this is a question that can go both ways.
While some families move parents in with them to avoid disrupting their children’s lives and going through a move, depending on financial means, parent health, and space requirements, some also choose to move in with their parents, rather than the other way around. The older generation was, in many cases, less badly affected by recent economic downturns and may have more space for housing this extended family unit.