Working while Being a Family Caregiver
According to the AARP, the average family caregiver is close to 50 years old, female, and provides approximately 20 hours of unpaid care to an aging loved one. Also, it is very common for caregivers to be employed full-time in addition to caring for their loved one. This may not describe everyone’s situation, but it is just a way to visualize the common reality across the United States. The combined responsibilities of working full-time and caregiving can be overwhelming and lead to many personal, emotional, and social difficulties. In this blog, we would like to go over some tips and strategies for those who are balancing family caregiving, as well as working a full-time job. We recognize all of the hard work you are putting forward, and we are here to support you. Please consider the below suggestion and see how they can be applied to your situation.
Consider These Tips:
(1) Communicate with your employer: This can be a difficult thing to do depending on your employer’s personality or policies at the office. We advise that you gauge the situation and reflect on your relationship with your boss, and then determine whether you should tell them about what is going on in your personal life. You may be surprised to find that your employer can be really understanding and may be able to provide you some accommodations, like working from home or a creating new working schedule.
(2) Ask for help: Another important thing to remember is to realize that you are not alone. If possible, try to ask other family members to help out either by physically caring for your loved one when you are unable, or to help out financially. Perhaps you and your family members can pool financial resources to hire a part-time professional caregiver that can help out while you are at work. There is no rule saying you must be a caregiver all by yourself. In fact, we recommend, if it is possible, for you to rely on the help of others to remove some of your burden.
(3) Work part-time or search for company-based accommodations: Some companies may offer specific help for those in your situation or are having a personal emergency, like providing part-time working opportunities. Do some research into your company’s policies to see if an option like this may exist.
(4) Do not forget to care for yourself: We know that this necessarily isn’t a suggestion for those that are employed, but it is crucial to remember this. Working on top of being a family caregiver is extremely stressful and emotionally draining. We encourage that you take some time to care for yourself. For example, schedule a few hours out of the week to do some exercise, meditation, socializing, pursuing fun hobbies, etc. Consider anything that helps bring you happiness and peace of mind, and incorporate that into your life. You deserve care, too.
If you have any other questions, like about how to hire professional caregiving help, please call ElderCare at Home at 888-285-0093 or visit our website.
 Source: https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/research/public_policy_institute/ltc/2012/understanding-impact-family-caregiving-work-AARP-ppi-ltc.pdf