Very often caregivers find themselves in a situation where they need to help more with their aging family member’s needs, but they also need to go to work. So which wins out when both situations are important?
Caregiving May Ramp up Gradually
Very often caregiving is something that increases gradually for you and your senior. That might give you the time and the space that you need to eventually come to terms with what’s happening and to put solutions in place. If things are moving more quickly for your senior, though, you might feel overwhelmed much more quickly.
Assess Your Position and Talk to Your Employer
Take a look at your current situation, work requirements, and caregiving needs. Assess what’s working for you and what isn’t. If you can pinpoint some changes that would make your situation ideal, jot those down. From there, it’s time to talk to your employer and determine what you can do to make your current situation look more like your ideal situation.
Check with Employee Assistance Programs
If you work for a large corporation, they may have an Employee Assistance Program that they refer you to. These types of programs have a whole host of resources they can offer to you that can make your life as a caregiver easier. They may also be able to offer you programs that allow you to work at home or otherwise make your current job more flexible.
Find out What Other Options Might Work
Once you know what your options are, you have to determine how close that gets you to your ideal caregiving and work situation. Some of the options you thought might be right at first may not be after you’ve had a chance to investigate them more. Your employer may allow you to test run some solutions, too.
Hire Senior Care Providers
Senior care providers can help you to fill the gaps between your ideal caregiving plan and the one that’s most realistic for you. You can’t be everywhere at once and often that means that you have to choose work over being with your elderly family member. Senior care providers can ensure that you don’t regret that choice.
Your individual situation may even change over time. Lots of companies are becoming more aware of the needs of their employees in terms of caregiving and supporting senior family members. That can make these decisions much easier for you down the line.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Hamilton, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.