Honoring Our Family Needs With Confidence



Alongside Mental Health Awareness, the month of May is known in the United States as Older Americans Month. It is a special observance each year. Every May, the Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living, leads our nation’s observance of Older American’s Month. You may be wondering what this has to do with a parenting blog. The truth is, now more than ever, the amount of homes that include multiple generations has increased to new highs. It could be due to economic reasons, illness, childcare, or cultural norms. According to Kaiser Health News, a multigenerational household is a “home where individuals from 2 or more generations reside, such as an elder and a grandchild.” The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated these transitions as many have lost their homes, spouses, or ability to function independently.

Parenting can become incredibly challenging as you also become a caregiver to an older family member.

Here are some tips for handling the transition

1. Communicate

Discuss the new living situation with everyone that lives in your household. Be sure that everyone, including young children, knows what the new living arrangement will look like. Discuss rules and boundaries and things that seem as simple as sleeping habits. Older adults may wake earlier and go to bed much earlier than teenagers or even young children; some suffer from sundowner syndrome, confusing as the evening hours come. It may be necessary to implement some quiet hours or a new schedule so that everyone in the home will be well-rested.

2. Get help

It depends on the age and needs of your loved one. Consider hiring someone to help. Utilize appropriated assets or insurance benefits to make your routine easier. Long-term care insurance plans sometimes cover the cost of private duty care, allowing you to hire a licensed individual to assist with activities of daily living, such as baths, dressing, and light meal prep. They can even go shopping, run errands and escort clients to doctor’s appointments. In Fort Lauderdale, FL, Schwartz Family Home Care has provided such care for over 20 years. They can arrange care in the home, hospital, or assisted living facility by a Registered Nurse, Home Health Aide, or Homemaker/Companion depending on the level of care needed.

As a Registered Nurse herself, owner Mindy even provides Case Management Services, while her husband Howard handles the behind-the-scenes work to get the right staff to your doorstep. Hiring a dependable, trustworthy private duty agency is just as important as selecting the right doctors and specialists. Agencies like Schwartz Family Health Care can lessen the burden on family members and can even improve and prolong the life of those they care for.

3. Alternative options

At some point, you may realize that living under one roof and providing 24-hour hands-on care can be too much to handle, especially if working from home or dealing with the younger children in your household. Consider other options such as adult daycare, assisted living facilities, or nursing homes. Consult with a Case Manager, like those offered at Schwartz Family Home Care to discover available resources or Utilize a placement counselor to help you search. It is a great way to target the living situation that works best for your family without doing all of the research yourself. Placement Counselors act as realtors specializing in Facilities for seniors. The facility compensates them at no cost to you or your family.

4. Take care of yourself

Don’t forget self-care! Statistics show that caregivers many times become ill more frequently than those they are providing care for. Take breaks when you need to, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Seek professional help if necessary and always remember the whys. It is easy to get lost in your loved ones’ daily needs, and/or diagnosis’ forgetting the reasons you decided to become their caregiver in the first place.

When you are looking for the best care for your loved ones, it is essential to find a place that is trusted and is active in the community. It is necessary that your research is being conducted ahead of time and you are not feeling pressured to make a decision right away. Many families feel comfortable going to a family-owned and operated home health care registry because the interaction is definitely personable. Schwartz Family Home Care is located in Broward and focuses on each families customized needs. They concentrate on referring you to caregivers that meet your needs. As a state-licensed nurses registry, they specialize in the screening and credentialing of nurses, nurse’s aides and companions, for referral to clients in their homes, hospitals, nursing homes, or assisted living facilities in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. 


Schwartz Family Home Care

Mindy Schwartz RN MS                               

Howard Schwartz MBA 

4800 N State Road 7, Suite 101F
Lauderdale Lakes, Florida 33319      
Phone: (954) 598-2000 or (561) 819-0888
Fax: (954) 598-2002


This post is sponsored by Schwartz Family Home Care
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Diana Baptiste
Diana Lee is the owner of Brightway, The Mavic Agency, and a recognized name in the Broward business and philanthropic communities. Lee opened The Mavic Agency in 2022 and runs the day-to-day operations with her husband Robin. She attributes their early success to accessible customer service, sales savvy, and personal knowledge of what is most important to Broward residents. As a franchisee with one of the nation’s foremost insurance companies and licensed Property and Casualty Insurance Agent, Lee represents established carriers including Progressive, Nationwide, Edison, and Florida Peninsula. In addition to insurance operations, she has direct experience in real estate and property management as well as healthcare administration, affording her unique insight into the varied insurance needs of South Floridians. Lee comes from a family of caregivers and entrepreneurs established as leaders in the assisted living field in both Florida and Jamaica. A founding contributor for the Broward Mom Collective, a local resource for families, and a volunteer who sits on several Broward County Public School Advisory Boards, Lee is always looking for ways to make lasting impacts that help her family, friends, and neighbors. Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in health administration from the University of Phoenix. Brightway, The Mavic Agency, offers customized home, flood, auto, boat, condominium, renters, personal articles, RV, motorcycle, umbrella, and life insurance policies through several nationwide carriers. Visit BrightwayMavic.com or call 756-946-5040 for more information. The Mavic Agency serves Weston, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Hollywood, and Sunrise.


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