Caught in the Middle?

Are you feeling burned out, physically and emotionally? Are you trying to be everything for everyone? Remember the term, “sandwich generation” that popped up several years ago? You might be part of that group of folks, caring for their own children and trying their best to care for their parents too. It’s a very difficult task, and it takes its toll on you. Believe me, I know.

Home Health Care Orlando FL - Caught in the Middle?I have three lovely children, and my mother was dear to all of them. At one point, I remember holding down a full-time teaching position, driving a “million” miles to take my children to their after-school dance, soccer, gymnastics, etc. activities, and fixing dinners for my mother and sister. Talk about being a sandwich!

I have a special situation, however. I took over the responsibility for my special-needs sister when my mother turned 74, in 1999. Our parents divorced in the early 80s, and Daddy died in 2002, leaving Mama alone with the care of their oldest daughter.

Whenever you have someone depending on you, your life is not your own. You have a responsibility for caring for others, which can be all-consuming. Sometimes, it means you have no room left for yourself. However, you have an incredible sense of purpose.

Be sure you take care of yourself! You are no good to others if you do not take good care of yourself. Call on friends and other relatives to give you a day off every now and then. Feel no guilt in needing a little time to just have some fun without any kind of responsibility for others. You deserve it!

If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home Home Health Care Services in Orlando FL, please contact the caring staff at Flourish in Place Home Care Solutions today.  Proudly serving Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Brevard Counties. Call 407-845-9797.


About Melanie Lee

Robert “Kim” Lee and Melanie Ann Lee founded Flourish in Place to help seniors and adults with disabilities thrive and flourish while leading dignified and independent lives in the comfort and safety of their own homes. Kim and Melanie raised three remarkable children while helping care for Melanie’s wonderful mother, Kathryn, who lived a rich life despite dealing with bipolar disorder all her life and suffering later from post-polio syndrome. Melanie has cared for her intellectually disabled older sister for the past 18 years as Melinda’s court-appointed plenary guardian. Kim’s mother, Betsy, suffers from severe dementia. She lives in her own home with the help of compassionate family members as well as paid caregivers. Kim and Melanie’s life experiences caring for others influenced their desire to help people not merely “age in place” -- but flourish at home. Kim and Melanie are both Certified Senior Care Managers. Melanie is also a science teacher.
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