This is the time for what is called the sandwich generation as many adult children are taking care of both their aging parents and their own children. However, the caregivers get wrapped up in helping everyone around them, their own happiness and health can get left behind, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
In the United States, more than three of every 10 homes has one member who is a caregiver, and these individuals spend an average for 40 hours a week doing so, the news source reports. It is important for these individuals who are providing home care to be able to take a step back and do some things for themselves, as well as take care of their loved one.
According to Caregiver Magazine, Patricia St. Clair shared her story about taking care of her mother in her last six months. She explained how truly hard it is both emotionally and physically, and how difficult is it to remember her own needs at the time because she was, like many other caregivers, concerned in her mother's well being.