Today more and more parents are combining looking after young children with caring for older or disabled loved ones. This is sometimes called ‘sandwich caring’ or ‘dual caring’ and those who fall under this category are usually referred to as ‘the sandwich generation’. But this dual role can sometimes come at a cost and carers may suffer from ill health, face difficulties to access or stay in the labour market or experience financial hardship.
This report looks at a specific category of sandwich carers, namely those ‘who combine looking after a dependent child under the age of 18 with caring for an adult’.
Despite rising awareness of this ‘sandwich generation’ it is difficult to get a clear understanding of the extent of the caring roles of the sandwich generation. Carers UK and Employers for Carers conducted this research as an attempt to better understand the extra pressure these dual caring responsibilities have on modern families and their implications for policy, public services, employers and the labour market.