It is easy for me to focus on the hard parts of being sandwiched. I guess that’s what I am - totally sandwiched. It is easy to overlook the ways that make doing it every day even possible. There are support structures that make it possible - not always sane - but possible. It’s important to..
Sandwiched. Pressured. Valued.
Caregiver's Self Care Guide for the Holidays
Thanksgiving is over so now the full-on, Christmas and holiday craziness is here. Parties, wish lists, shopping, wrapping, decorating. Feel like hiding under a rock?
Caregiving. Family Dynamics. The Holidays!
For most families, the holidays are an opportunity to celebrate our love, gratitude, and appreciation for one another. But occasionally, the “perfect” holiday dinner can become less about togetherness and more about rehashing old arguments or addressing tension and stress that has been lingering..
I'm Caring. I'm Stressed. I feel Weak.
Most of us in our 30s, 40s or 50s have at one time been part of caring for a more elderly loved one - a parent, grandparent or more distant relative. And, wow, can it emotionally take you down a rabbit hole.
I am the Sandwich Generation - Who Knew?
As it turns out, I am a member of the “sandwich generation.” My coworker asked if I would write for our blog, and initially I didn't think I had anything to say. But after some quiet thought, I realized that while I don't have any chronic care situations in my life at the moment, I am 100% an..
I am your Employee Caregiver - Guilt Sandwich with a Side of Nostalgia
"I am Your Employee Caregiver" Series
The evidence is clear - today’s employees are struggling. The challenges facing this “sandwich generation” are greater than ever before. These employees are balancing work demands, “normal life” responsibilities, as well as the added potential effort of caring for children with a variety of..
Screen Time. Your Kids. Staying Sane.
Digital media and electronics have become an increasingly unavoidable part of our children’s lives. From videos for babies to social media accounts that kids open as early as 10 years old, digital devices are now a part of every step in the childhood experience. Here at Torchlight, we discuss..
Hidden Elements of Long-Term Care Costs
Older adults who require no assistance with the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and have no skilled care needs typically live on their savings, social security, a pension from work, and other private resources within their homes. But, when long-term caregiving needs arise, because of illness,..
Who REALLY are your Employee Caregivers?
It is no secret in the corporate world that work life challenges for employees cause reduced focus on work, decreased productivity and lost employee engagement with their employer. Lost productivity, increased absenteeism, increased health care claims costs, and a decrease in the overall..