Calling all young and old: Tips for the sandwich generation


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In honor of those of you living in a multigenerational home — caring for your children, yourself and your parents — July is National Sandwich Generation Month! We’ve picked some of our favorite products and tips to make your home safe for the young, old and everyone in between.

According to the Pew Research Center, in 2008, about 49 million Americans (or 16% of the U.S. population) lived in a home with at least two adult generations or a grandparent and at least one other generation. So it’s important to make your home a healthy and safe environment for everyone living in it.

  • Help is only the push of a button away for subscribers of LifeFone. The company’s Emergency Care Specialists are available 24/7 when the user pushes the panic button on any one of LifeFone’s personal medical emergency alarm devices. And to celebrate Sandwich Generation Month, LifeFone is giving away weekly prizes to help caregivers. Check out Facebook.com/LifeFone, Twitter.com/LifeFone or Lifefoneblog.com for updates on events, news and stories on caring for parents, children and you.
  • Make bath time safe (and fun) for your little ones with American Standard’s FunBath tub conversion kit, which turns any standard 60-in. tub into a safe, comfortable children’s bath. No more slips, falls or injuries: the FunBath eliminates the need to stoop and lift your kids in and out of the tub. The easy-to-install kit ties into existing plumbing and fits on top of a powder-coated aluminum frame that is concealed by a decorative apron front. And a “green” bonus: The FunBath’s shallow tub will help save the average family up to 1,000 gallons of water per year!
  • Allergy sufferers, young and old, Valspar Paint has heard your cries. Valspar+ is certified asthma and allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). The paint reduces airborne irritants during painting. In addition to having zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can be a trigger for people impacted by asthma and allergies, Valspar+ has no lingering odor. Once dried, the paint’s antimicrobial properties help it to resist mold and mildew.
  • Help your older family members avoid slips and falls with the Fold-Down Shower Seat from Moen Home Care. The wall-mount shower seat folds up to a thin, compact profile when no one is using it. It is made with an aluminum frame and water-resistant teak. The 20-in.-by-15-in. surface can support up to 400 lbs.

And check out Moen’s list of tips for a safe multigenerational home.