The Sandwich Generation – Housing Solutions for our Parents
As the life span of our Parents increase, something that most of us are truly grateful about, we have the added responsibility of taking care of them as well as our Children. It is in this context that the word “Sandwich Generation” has been coined.
It is inevitable that there will be a clash of opinions between our Children and our Parents. If we live in the metros, the lack of living space means that the already present friction just seems to escalate to unmanageable levels. Our Parents then justifiably wish to live separately, driven by the need to be independent and often choose to go back to our home town. It is all fine till they fall ill and require assistance or if the unfortunate event of one parent passing away leaving the other bereaved, occurs. Such event puts a strain on us as we struggle with our time commitments to our office/profession and our Children.
The only solution is a halfway measure where we should then persuade our parents to sell their house in the home town and move closer to the metros. This is where the new townships being built by India’s best developers are a welcome option. These state of the art apartment complexes have the following advantages
- Reasonable Cost
- Accessibility to the Children
- No stigma as compared to Old Age homes
- A good possibility of meeting like minded senior citizens
- World Class medical facilities within the Complex itself
For Mumbai, Panvel offers good prospects and the projects that come to mind readily are India Bulls Greens and Hiranandani Palace Gardens.