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How to Balance Caregiving and a Career

By Michael Hagman, RN, BSN

Home Care in Clancy MT

Trying to juggle a career and caregiving role is a daunting task and one that usually can’t be done without sacrificing time for one of them. Yet, it is something that many family members in the United States are currently attempting to do. Studies have been conducted that found that 42 percent of people with careers have also provided home care for a loved one in the past five years.

Especially now that baby boomers are part of the senior citizen demographic, more and more older adults will need home care. If you are one of the millions of Americans who are holding a career and caring for an aging parent, here are a few ways these tasks can be done much easier.

Make a List

One way to become more organized while attempting to manage both jobs is to make lists. First of all, make a list of all of the responsibilities expected of you as a caregiver. This list may include taking your parent to doctor appointments, doing the grocery shopping, helping your loved one get dressed, and prepare dinner.

Next, create a list of tasks that can be delegated among other family members, as well as the times these tasks need to be done.

Think About the Elders Current Living Situation

When determining if the best care option for your loved one is home care, think about their current safety, medical needs, ability to be home alone, and ability to handle everyday tasks. Knowing this information will help you determine how comfortable you and your loved one will be living at home.

Find out What Local Resources are Available

If you are working full-time, having local resources available to you will help relieve some of the responsibilities that have fallen on your shoulders. These resources include hiring a senior care provider, home-delivered meals, grocery shopping delivery, or tasks that can be completed by other family members or friends.

Resources Available at Your Workplace

Talk to your human resource manager to find out what resources are available for caregivers. Some options may include:

  • Federal Family and Medical Leave Act: Allows up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for an elderly loved one
  • Paid Family Leave: Provides coverage for caregivers of a seriously ill parent, child, spouse, or partner
  • Flexible work hours: Some employers offer flexible work schedules, including telecommuting or reduced work hours

Caring for an elderly loved one can be both a stressful and rewarding experience. Take some of those responsibilities off of your shoulders with these tips and resources.

Source:
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/juggling-work-care-aging-loved-ones/

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