Good Friends, Great Ideas, Lovely Surprises for the Caregiving Holiday Progressive Blog Party 2014 to the annual Caregiving Holiday Progressive Blog Party 2014. I've enjoyed participating in this for the past few years with my blog, SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation. The Sandwich Generation refers to those who are caring for elderly parents while raising children or helping with grandkids. It's also commonly called multigenerational caregiving.

This year, I joined in with SandwichINK's "sister" blog, SandwichINK Real Estate Info. For those visiting from the blog party, I'd like to introduce myself to you. I'm a caregiver, a grandmother, and a REALTOR with Keller Williams in Roseville California specializing in helping fellow boomers and seniors with their real estate, aging in place, and multigenerational needs. As a result, real estate is definitely top of mind for me this year, and multigenerational real estate is also on the tip of my and many other agents' tongues as it is once again growing in popularity, with many elderly parents moving in with their kids, or vice versa.

My senior mom lives with me, plus I also help another beloved senior living long distance. I used to have one set of grandkids nearby and another long distance. This past year, God has moved us all around and now both sets are long distance. That definitely leads to new challenges, but also new solutions to share with my readers and clients.


In addition to these blogs, you can also find great resources at my Facebook pages including SandwichINK for the Sandwich GenerationPinterest, and Twitter. Being a tech-savvy writer and REALTOR, I love to make good use of social media tools to help you with a wide variety of needs from caregiving ideas to aging in place suggestions to how to help our elderly parents with their real estate needs.

And, what would a party be without party favors? 

First, here's a cool party favor I RECEIVED from the very sweet Denise Brown last week. Doesn't it make a lovely decoration for the eparty.


And for you – I have a couple of coloring pages to share with your kids or grandkids that can also be enjoyed by many of our beloved elderly.



Christian Christmas encouragement  from Kaye Swain Roseville CA caregiver grandmother and REALTOR for multigenerational caregivers with this cute coloring page for grandkids and elderly seniors

I also have a contest for an Amazon gift card for $10 to use on encouraging music, books, etc. Just leave a comment below and answer the question "What is my favorite AGING IN PLACE suggestion" and I will pick the winner in a random drawing at the end of the blog party – the cut-off time will be Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 9 p.m. And if you are not sure what aging in place options are available, they include grab bars in the bathrooms (maybe other rooms too), wide doorways and sidewalks to accomodate walkers and wheelchairs, zero or one-step entry into the house to avoid stairs that elderly may fall on, wheelchair ramps into the house, etc. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Thank you again for visiting SandwichINK Real Estate Info and do have a lovely and blessed Christmas. Be sure to enjoy more of the Holiday Progressive Blog Party and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Kaye Swain Roseville CA REALTOR caregiver and grandmother invites you to join in on the Caregiving Holiday Blog Party


Have any Question or Comment?

14 comments on “Good Friends, Great Ideas, Lovely Surprises for the Caregiving Holiday Progressive Blog Party 2014

Hi Kaye–It's always such a treat to party with you every December. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love how you keep your blog evolving and relevant–a huge accomplishment! You definitely are in the right business and your clients are lucky to have you. I wish you and yours a blessed and merry Christmas!

Thanks Denise. I appreciate your sweet words of encouragement AND all your hard work on this fun Caretiving Holiday Progressive Blog Party 2014. Merry Christmas!ย 

Teresa S.

Hi Kaye!

My Aging in place suggestions are . . . 1) Grab bars for the bathroom and/or hallways to aid in walking and to maintain balance (Gait belts are useful too). 2) Using "The Clapper" to turn on/off lights rather than struggling with a lamp. 3) Always have something enjoyable and fun, such as a movie or music to keep spirit alive. 4) Use a labelmaker to labels medications (time & dosage), TV Remote and anything necessary to make it easier to grab. 5) List of favorite TV channels and phone numbers of family, friends, neighbors and doctors.

Thank you for posting the coloring pages! Coloring is great for adults too. I like the snowman. I hope you are able to see your grandchildren, even via Skype this Christmas. You have a great blog. I wish you love and joy this holiday season. Merry Christmas!

Trish Hughes Kreis

Hi, Kaye, I am delighted to learn we are neighbors! Love the activities you included for the grandkids (I don't have any yet but will eventually).  Thanks for letting us know more about your situation and about what you do.  I would say my own favorite aging in place solution would be a large walk-in shower and not just in the master suite! Richard and I have been looking for one story homes and have been very picky.  The ones with the walk-in showers which we could use for Robert are very appealing!  Thanks for participating!  (I'll add you to my blog list on my website, btw.) 

Great tips, Teresa! And thank you for your delightful visit for the blog party. You’re very welcome for the coloring pages. You’re so right about seniors like them as well.ย My senior mom does enjoy working with various paper crafts too and has had fun coloring with the great-grandkids. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Blog Party and MERRY CHRISTMAS ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Hi Kaye! Thanks so much for your interesting blog, as well as the coloring pages and suggestions for the holidays. As you can tell from my blog, I need them. The best aging in place solution I know of is grab bars (permanently stationed, not the suction cup ones). We have them in the bathroom Dad uses every day so he can still help pull himself up and hold on when he is getting dressed, toileting, etc. Still a form of independence even if I'm helping. I let him do as much as possible. We also have one in our shower to help him there as well. 

I hope your holiday is great, hope to update my blog later on. Thanks for your participation. I'm in my pjs at this party too!

Hi Lisa, Thanks for your lovely visit and you’re very welcome. Great point about the installed grab bars. We have used the suction cups in the past in a rental where we couldn’t install grab bars. They sort of worked but not great! ย Tho better than nothing.ย 

I’m with you on helping our senior parents to maintain as much independence as possible as long as possible. As much for them as for helping us.

Happy blog party and have a blessed and beautiful Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚ย 


Jan Shriver

Hi, Kaye. I don't have any real estate needs right now but I will surely ask you when I do. Thanks for being a Hostess for the Caregiving Blog Party. I live in my mother's home in Florida and my husband lives in our home in Ohio. We hope to eventually settle here in Florida, whether we stay in my mom's house or not. (She has a great house). I'm finally old enough (well, really very old enough) to live in my mom's age-restricted community.

I know what I would love to have in my house for aging-in-place: a switch from the kitchen that turns off and on the breaker in the breaker box controlling our stove. I only have the stove on when I cook and the rest of the time it is off at the breaker. Some days that's alot of running back and forth through the garage. Making that simpler would be good all around.

Happy Holidays to you, Kaye!    Jan

Hi Jan, Thanks for popping in. Great point on that breaker box. I prefer simpler as well. And boy, doesn’t.long distance caregiving add to the challenges of caregiving. One of my senior beloveds lives several states away and I keep praying that they will stay stable and healthy as I deal with the caregiving issues at home. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Thanks for your sweet comments and lovely visit. Have a great Holiday Progressive Blog Party. ๐Ÿ™‚



Hi Kaye, 

Great to reconnect with you during this year's Holiday Blog Party.   I simply love how your blog flows, it's colorful and easy on the eyes, too.  

My Age in Place suggestion does not have to do with any products, switches, enlarging doors, grab bars, etc., (although these are great things to have for the home) my Age In Place suggestion would be for any of us who knows of a senior or (senior couple) who lives alone, that we make a point to visit, call, check in with them once a week (more or less), so that they can Age In Place in the comfort of their own home, without fear, while knowing that someone is right around the corner to help them when a need arises.  

Happy Holidays, Kaye!  



Great tip, Chris. Thanks so much for the lovely visit and terrific idea. And your idea reminded me of anotherย help along the same lines which can be to set up an online game together (if they can handle at least some tech ๐Ÿ™‚ ), such as Words with Friends. That turned into a real help for me to spot an issue with a long distance loved one this past year. Any way of keeping in touch regularly is definitely valuable. ย Thanks again for stopping by and happy blog party-ing ๐Ÿ™‚



Such a great tip, Trish! And they can be hard to find, can’t they? There are some out there though! I also love to find that in a two story – with a great shower on the first floor, along with a bedroom! Thanks for your lovely visit and I enjoyed visiting your site as well! Merry Christmas. And thank you for adding my blog to your list ๐Ÿ™‚ ย ๐Ÿ™‚ ย ๐Ÿ™‚


Thank you all for your lovely visits and great comments. We will be drawing and announcing the winner shortly, hopefully later today ๐Ÿ™‚ 

MEGA CONGRATS to Jan Shriver, the winner of the $10 Amazon gift card. Jan, I will contact you by email. Once you have confirmed I have the right email address, I'll send it off to you ๐Ÿ™‚

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