The term ‘the sandwich generation’, or perhaps more rightly termed ‘the club sandwich generation’, is becoming widely accepted - and there are lots of them in and around Bourne!
It describes people in their 50s and 60s who look after their parents, still have some responsibilities for helping their own children and potentially their grandchildren, with all of these groups requiring their time and attention. Problems which our local ‘club sandwichers’ face can be varied. Obviously there are financial implications if you are looking after three groups of people.
There are also ‘softer’ issues such as lack or loss of time, which in turn often leads to health issues ranging from simple things such as tiredness to the problems caused by stress.
If this is starting to sound familiar to you, there are some simple steps you can take to improve life.
Firstly, maintaining self-health is vital, being kind to yourself, taking spontaneous breaks, being mindful and meditative, eating nutritious food, sleeping, laughing and finally, seeking professional help if you need to.
A practical step which could be up for discussion is to ask elderly relatives to consider moving nearer to you.
It’s never going to be an easy discussion but they will understand that you need to continue to earn, if you work, and if not, that your time is still not exclusively theirs.
Larkfleet Homes is currently selling a range of privately owned one, two and three bedroom houses and apartments at The Croft development in Bourne.
The Croft is purpose-built for those aged 55 years and older and particularly appeals to those who are looking for a low maintenance lifestyle - perhaps such as the parents of the ‘club sandwichers’.
Home buyers can benefit from maintained landscaped gardens, shared facilities and support services, such as a local handy man service.
The varied selection of properties is arranged around attractively landscaped courtyards and gardens with a ‘manor house’ being the focal point of the development.
This offers a comfortable space for residents to entertain guests and take part in the many social activities.
So, if you are a ‘club sandwicher’ looking for a solution, drop by The Croft and take a look around.
Larkfleet Group chief executive office Karl Hick writes about the firm in Falcon Way, Bourne, and its efforts in the community.