What are good gifts for someone who serves as the caregiver for a family member who is ill or aging?
I'm sure I'm not the only Wootizen who is stuck in the sandwich generation. My first child was 3 months old when my father experienced a brain trauma that left him disabled at only 55. My mother had always been the one in ill health (a hypochondriac, to be honest), so not only did my father need a caretaker but so did his caretaker. I lived nearly 200 miles away with a new baby so most of this fell to one of my sisters who lived in their town.
This was nearly 29 years ago. Since that time my son was diagnosed with multiple challenges, including an autism spectrum disorder. My mother had numerous illnesses and hospitalizations over the years, as did my father (sometimes at the same time!). My father passed away in 2000. DH and I became caregivers for his parents (who live in our town), and since DH travels for work, that usually means I am doing the caregiving HERE, while feeling guilty for not helping my sister more THERE.