Ah, yes… the Sandwich Generation… and I’m not talking peanut butter and jelly!
The Sandwich Generation is a newly coined term that refers to couples sandwiched between caring for their young children and their parents at the same time. With our life expectancies increasing and families choosing to have children later in life, some couples are finding themselves in a position of caring for two vastly different generations simultaneously.
Statistics show that nearly 10 million Americans are considered to be a part of the Sandwich Generation, with over 25% of American families being involved in both child and elder care at the same time. Individuals in the Sandwich Generation typically fall between the ages of 35-54 and represent all cultures and ethnicities.
The absolute best solution, if it can happen, is to have your parents stay in their own homes as long as possible. The ideal situation is for you to live nearby, in your own home. That way everyone feels they have their own space and lives. However, this is not always the case and often other arrangements have to be stitched together.
House with accessory apartment
One scenario is to have your parents or in-laws live in a separate living area within your own home. This arrangement might require a few remodeling projects. Another option is to purchase a property that already has an in-law, or accessory, apartment. That way everyone is close by, but separate.
When looking for a property with an apartment, be sure to keep these things in mind:
- Ground-level entry is helpful for elderly and aging people
- Minimize stairs whenever possible
- Look for wide doorways and bathrooms for wheelchair access
If you are part of the sandwich generation and think you might one day be living with your parents or in-laws, now is the time to start planning for the future. Perhaps a home that can house all of you, where everyone has some privacy, is a good solution to a very important situation.
If this sounds like a good idea to you, then check out this house with accessory apartment I have listed for sale. It’s located in a nice neighborhood in Cambridge, Vermont. The main house is a charming hillside Cape Cod with a large open living room/dining room/kitchen area. The upstairs had three bedrooms. The accessory apartment is in the walk-out basement. It is a bright and sunny apartment with a separate entrance, separate parking, separate utilities, a large bedroom, and washer/dryer hook-ups. The property has lovely perennial beds.
If you’d like to see it in person, email me or give me a call at 802-858-9193.
Thanks for reading and good luck with your parents and inlaws!