The term “sandwich generation” has taken on a new flavor in recent years, evolving into what some humorously call the “panini generation.”
It’s a label for adults who find themselves sandwiched between the financial responsibilities of three generations: their children, themselves and their elderly parents. The sandwich generation is comprised primarily of individuals in their 40s and 50s. While this concept was coined in 1980 by social work professor Dorothy Miller, the idea of multigenerational care isn’t a recent phenomenon. Many cultures have long emphasized the importance of familial care and responsibility, particularly in regions like Latin America and Asia.
In the United States, the ranks of sandwich caregivers are also on the rise. In 2013, a Pew Research Center study found that 15 percent of middle-aged Americans were providing financially for a parent older than 65 and a child. As of October 2021, that percentage has surged to 23 percent of all U.S. adults — equivalent to more than 11 million people.
Members of the sandwich generation often find themselves balancing the responsibilities of raising their children while also caring for their aging parents. Amid the demands of this dual role, they may encounter the challenging task of helping their parents sell their beloved family homes. This journey can be overwhelming, emotionally charged and time-consuming. But what if you could imagine a world where the most challenging aspects of this transition were expertly taken care of, allowing you to focus on your family?
Our comprehensive Lifetime Home Support model
At Amy Stockberger Real Estate, our Lifetime Home Support model offers a comprehensive system and strategy for each step of the homebuying and selling process. We understand that each stage comes with its unique challenges, and that’s why we’ve developed tailored strategies to make the process easy and stress-free for everyone involved.
Introducing our Golden Age Guided Move program: Your blueprint for success
To assist you in navigating this crucial phase, we proudly introduce our Golden Age Guided Move program.
This comprehensive program provides you with a step-by-step blueprint, guiding the entire family through the necessary next steps toward senior living. This all-inclusive program for seniors and their grown children, coupled with our trusted Home Support Team partners, includes:
Essential questions checklist: A thoughtfully curated list of questions, often challenging and frequently overlooked, that are crucial in planning for senior living. These questions cover various aspects of the transition, including living arrangements, health care and financial considerations.
Professional guidance: Our network of dedicated Home Support Team partners further enhances our Lifetime Home Support model. These professionals are experts in various aspects of the home-selling journey, including:
- Moving services: Experts in packing, moving and transportation to ensure a smooth transition.
- Estate sale specialists: Professionals skilled in organizing and conducting estate sales or managing property contents.
- Home improvement contractors: Trusted experts who can handle repairs and improvements to enhance the value of your loved one’s home.
- Senior living advisers: Knowledgeable individuals who can assist in finding the right senior living options.
- Legal and financial advisers: Experts who provide guidance on the legal and financial aspects of the sale.
At Amy Stockberger Real Estate, we offer a comprehensive strategy designed to meet the unique needs of every situation, from our maximum-value strategies to our maximum-convenience programs to our Seller Operation Support program.
Our SOS program positions us as your dedicated project manager, ensuring you gain maximum value without burdening yourself with the task of obtaining bids and overseeing the entire project. Homeowners often face the challenge of incomplete projects, uncertainty about where to start or stop, and trust issues with contractors. Our team of experts is here to help you navigate this process seamlessly. We take on the responsibility of managing the process from start to finish, allowing you to enjoy the benefits without the workload of coordinating every detail.
Additionally, our Guaranteed Sales Program provides peace of mind by standing behind the sale of your loved one’s home, reducing the stress associated with market uncertainties.
For those seeking a quick and hassle-free sale, our Instant Offer program bypasses the traditional listing process, ensuring a swift and efficient transition.
In conclusion, members of the sandwich generation face a unique set of challenges when it comes to selling family homes and transitioning parents to senior living. The emotional and logistical demands of this process can be overwhelming. However, with the right support, these challenges can transform into a manageable, stress-free experience.
At Amy Stockberger Real Estate, our Lifetime Home Support model, powered by our dedicated Home Support Team partners and enriched by our Golden Age Guided Move program, is designed to guide you through this journey with confidence and ease. We understand that your time is precious and that your loved ones deserve the best. Our mission is to streamline home sales and senior living transitions, allowing you to focus on what matters most: your family, career, commitments and peace of mind.
Contact us today to set up a no-obligation exploratory session, and let’s embark on this journey together, making the transition for your aging parents as smooth as possible, including rehoming them in spaces that make sense for the whole family.