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Millennials and Senior Care: When Grandkids Become the Primary Caregiver

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If you have ever thought about the word “caregiver,” it’s safe to assume that you probably don’t associate it with the Millennial generation. But you may find it surprising that Millennials are stepping into roles as “primary” caregivers and are a fast-growing group! Their parents, as a result, are becoming the “secondary” caregivers.

As primary caregivers, Millennials are taking on the duties that come with providing their grandparents with the senior care they need. Your typical Millennial caregiver can be either a male or female and is 27 years old. Currently, the are 5.3 million grandchildren caring for a grandparent

That means 1 in 12 caregivers is a Millennial!

Millennials provide senior care the most often for the following reasons:

Compassion & Support

It is very common for Millennials to want to support their grandparents; they naturally display compassion for the older members of their family.

Parent/Grandparent has Passed Away

Sadly, if a parent or grandparent has passed away, then the Millennial will step into the role of primary caregiver for the remaining grandparent(s).

Reciprocal Relationships

Millennials want to provide the same love and care that their grandparents once did for them when they were younger. Spending time with their grandparents is treasured, because they know they will miss them when they are no longer here.

Listed below are several types of senior care that Millennials provide for their grandparents:

Bonding with Them

When Millennials visit with their grandparents, they like to learn about their interests and hobbies. Millennials will also frequently send the mail to brighten a grandparent’s day, or keep up with them electronically.

Helping with Errands and Chores

As a grandparent is no longer able to drive themselves, or they have difficulty with mobility or memory, Millennials will help them run their errands, like grocery shopping, or help transport them to appointments. They also assist with household chores like cleaning and cooking.

The role of primary caregiver is not always easy; Millennials can become stressed even if they’re happy providing their grandparents’ senior care. They have often sacrificed their social lives, schooling, or careers, and they need their own support as well.

At Home Care Assistance, we have developed specialized programs and services with flexible schedules to help accommodate your grandparents – and help alleviate some of the responsibility as primary caregiver. To schedule a consultation and learn about your options, please give us a call!