The social care system is under extreme pressure, so additional stress is being placed on families who are trying to juggle children, work and older relatives.
A report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) says more than a quarter of such “sandwich carers” are suffering from depression or stress.
“Sandwich carers” look after their elderly parents and their children.
Researchers say there are 1.3 million people in the UK with such multi-generational caring responsibilities.
People falling into this category are often in their 40s and 50s. This is a result of longer life expectancy and women tending to have children later in life.
The majority of carers in this “sandwich generation” are women – and almost half of these women feel that they cannot work as many hours as they would like.
Read more detail about the sandwich generation on the bbc website here.
About Deckchair Care
Deckchair Care are an independent, privately-owned care agency. We help look after the elderly in Cheshire and South Manchester.
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