Care, Compassion, and Support: Being There for Parents With Chronic Illnesses

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By HealthVersed

Facing the reality of a parent with a chronic illness is a difficult time. As mothers and fathers, it’s not only us who have to face these challenges but also our children. Fortunately, you can learn about handling the situation with a search online.

Grandparents are important figures and role models for children and it can be very hard for them to understand and deal with seeing their grandparents sick or suffering. It can also be a strain for you. But you’re not alone.

The Sandwich Generation

The difficult balance that requires looking after both elderly parents and children has led to us being called the “sandwich generation.” And there are lots of us: in many Western countries around 20% or more of the population belongs to the “sandwich generation.”

Striking a Balance

While much attention has been paid to parenting and managing a household, far less has been paid to how to care for chronically ill or elderly parents. The key to caring for chronically ill parents is balance.

Other Ways To Help

Play to your strengths, only offer what you can, and don’t be afraid to seek help. Caregiving in the active sense is difficult, demanding, and not for everyone. There are other ways to support and help your parents beyond daily care.

Communication Is Key

Have open communication with your parents and build a relationship of trust and understanding.

Final Thoughts

Finally, you’re not in this alone. It’s important to know that there are resources available to help ease the challenges of caregiving.