Millennials are probably not the first generation that comes to your mind when you think about the word “caregivers.” However, you may find it surprising that Millennials, ages 20 – 34, are stepping into roles as “primary caregivers” – a growing trend as their parents become “secondary” caregivers.
Furthermore, there are approximately 5.3 million grandchildren caring for their grandparents, with the average Millennial caregiver being 27 years old, male or female. This means that 1 out of 12 caregivers is caring for a grandparent!
In their new role as primary caregivers, Millennials are handling all of the responsibilities that come along with providing their grandparents’ senior care.
Why is this happening?
Let’s take a look at the most common reasons Millennials are stepping in to give senior care:
Compassion and Support
Millennials are all about providing support for their grandparents, simply because they are compassionate towards the older members of their family.
Often times, Millennials will step in as the primary caregiver because of the death of a parent or grandparent who otherwise may have been in the role.
It is natural for Millennials to reciprocate a relationship with their grandparents – They want to provide senior care because their grandparents once took care of them as a child. They like being able to spend this time with them because they will miss their grandparents once they are gone.
Below are the primary ways Millennials are providing senior care for their grandparents:
Creating a Bond
Millennials feel it is important to bond with their grandparents, so they will often send mail to keep in touch. When visiting, they will take time to learn the hobbies and interests of their grandparents so they can continue passing them on as a tradition.
Running Errands and Assisting in the Home
As we age, driving, running errands, and other simple tasks become harder to do. That’s where Millennials are stepping in to help transport their grandparents or complete these tasks for them. They also contribute to household chores, like cleaning, cooking, paying bills, sorting mail, and hygiene.
Even though Millennials are content with providing senior care, they can still become burnt out in the role as primary caregiver. At this stage in life, many Millennials are still focusing on other thing things – Friends, school, careers – and so caregivers must sacrifice. Still, Millennials need support as well.
This is where we come in. Home Care Assistance helps to take on these responsibilities for caring for grandparents. With our customized programs that are tailored to fit your senior’s needs, we may just be the perfect fit for your family. To schedule a consultation and learn about your options, please give us a call!