Looking elsewhere for care
Research into the tasks and time demands of the sandwich generation found that 60% have used third-party services for help with elder care. Of those who haven’t employed such services, 62% said they expect to do so in the future.
The sandwich generation are those who find themselves in a support role for two generations – elderly family members and their own children. Research shows this group to be stretched, timewise and emotionally.
What the sandwich generation do
The research found that 33% of the sandwich generation help an elderly family member with tasks such as shopping, household maintenance, medical visits, doing laundry and meal preparation on a daily basis.
The research also showed that 46% help elderly family members with paperwork and financial administration and 38% coordinate care and support, such as booking medical appointments or organising tradespeople, either daily, a few times every week or once a week.
“The sandwich generation spend a remarkable amount of time in a caring capacity,” says Public Trust General Manager Retail Julian Travaglia.
“The wide-ranging activities come at personal cost. On average, someone in the sandwich generation has 700 fewer hours a year for relaxation, personal activities and welfare than someone in the same age group who doesn’t have a dual caring role.
“It’s difficult because elderly family members don’t want to feel like a burden, while caregivers don’t want to feel like they’re shirking their duty by using third-party care providers.”
Public Trust conducted the research to ensure its Personal Assist service was still in line with the needs of the general public.
“It may take a bit of a cultural shift before care and support services such a Personal Assist are more fully embraced, but I think it’s probably becoming an unavoidable reality,” says Julian Travaglia.
A total of 501 New Zealanders aged 45–64 who care for someone over the age of 65 were surveyed in June 2018.
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