Nine out of 10 British Columbians who form part of the “sandwich generation” are struggling to provide care.
We often talk about our young and senior populations and the challenges they face, from schooling to health care, but what about the people responsible for them?
Those caught in the middle are known as the “sandwich generation,” taking care of kids and aging parents.
More than half of British Columbians polled by lnsights West find it hard to afford caring costs, know the health of their parents, or have time to visit them.
The BC Care Providers Association commissioned the poll ahead of a report they are releasing next week.
Additional Polling Questions & Responses
1. Over the course of the next ten years, do you anticipate taking care of both a child (under 19 years of age) and an elderly parent?
29 per cent of respondents anticipate taking care of both in the next ten years, with a higher proportion observed among those aged 18-34 (48%) and Metro Vancouverites (35%).
2. As a person who is currently taking care of a child (under 19 years of age) and a parent, are you experiencing any of the challenges described below? Please select all that apply.
More than half of respondents say they have difficulty in finding time to visit due to work/busy schedules (64%), keeping informed about the health status of a parent (60%) and affording the costs associated with caring for an aging parent (56%).
Fewer than half of respondents also mention long wait lists to access a care home or for home care (40%), difficulty getting access to a care home located close to where you live (36%) and inadequate access to a care home for seniors (28%).
3. In reference to the upcoming provincial election, will the development of a comprehensive plan to address the aging population impact the way you vote?
About three-in-five British Columbians (58%) say this plan will influence the way they vote, including 70% of those aged 55 and over.