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Posted by on Mar 1, 2010 in General Interest | 0 comments

Planning and preparation are key

By Julie Wilson Sales Rep, Ely Matlow Real Estate brokerage Ltd

If you are a business woman caring for an aging parent while running your own company, burn-out can come quickly without planning and preparation.

As Baby Boomers age, it has become common for adults in a certain age range to be in a situation where they are caring for at least one elderly parent and also raising children, working and taking care of other responsibilities. A special term has been created to describe this segment of our population ? the sandwich generation.

Sandwichers, as the term implies, are right between adolescent children and aging parents and tend to lead hectic, busy lives trying to care for everyone. For example, a typical 30-something woman might have the following responsibilities in a given day: busy career, caring for children, picking up and dropping off kids, preparing dinner, meeting clients, performing presentations and networking, helping ailing parents with their needs and maintenance of two homes and housework, just to mention a few.

It comes as no surprise that those performing all of these tasks tend to get burnt-out quickly.

Although no one wants to put their parent in a nursing home, there are occasions when getting extra help is necessary. If the parent requires frequent medical care, is bedridden or needs medication during times when the caregiver cannot provide care, then a senior facility may be the best option. There are also options for hiring in a nurse or senior caregiver to come into the parent?s home a few hours each day. This can be a great help to the professional, entrepreneur or executive woman in removing some of the stress.

Planning and preparation are key. When the family home becomes too much to manage or no longer safe, the process will be smooth and as stress free as possible with careful planning. Hiring professionals specializing in seniors on the move will ensure that you are prepared for that inevitable day.

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