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Helping the Virginia ‘Sandwich Generation’ ‘Catch-Up’ with Life

December 3, 2007

Richmond, VA – About 8.7 million Americans make up the so-called "Sandwich Generation," caught between caring for both children and an elderly parent, according to a new study from AARP. Experts say it's a tough situation that can mean incredible stress for everyone involved.

David Broder with the Virginia Association of Personal Care Assistants says many families look for quality homecare workers to help them, but that's not always the easiest task -- because they're in such short supply.

"There are not enough homecare workers to assist both seniors and younger individuals. Part of the problem is that the homecare workforce is incredibly underpaid and, in general here in Virginia, receives no healthcare benefits, no sick days and no vacation days. The senior population is expanding rapidly, and if we don't do something to recruit more homecare workers, it's going to be even harder to find the quality care that people need "

Broder says his organization is proposing a new amendment for the 2008 Virginia Legislature that would provide funding to help low-wage homecare workers afford health insurance benefits for themselves and their families.

Deborah Smith/John Robinson, Public News Service - VA