Juggling a job and caring for a loved one can be challenging, but it can be done with careful planning and communication. Here are a few tips that may help:
- Communicate with your employer: Let your employer know about your caregiving responsibilities and see if there are any flexible work arrangements that could help, such as telecommuting or a flexible schedule.
- Prioritize and plan: Make a list of the tasks that need to be done for your mother and prioritize them by importance. Create a schedule that allows you to balance your work and caregiving responsibilities.
- Seek help: Investigate respite care options, such as in-home care or adult daycare, to give yourself some time off to focus on work or other responsibilities.
- Utilize technology: Investigate technology that can help you keep in touch with your mother and manage her care remotely, such as video conferencing or remote monitoring devices.
- Seek support: Reach out to support groups or counseling services for caregivers to help you cope with the emotional and physical demands of caregiving.
It’s important to remember that you cannot do it all by yourself, you should never be afraid of seeking help, be it from a professional or from family and friends. Caregiving can be demanding but with a plan and support, you can find a way to balance your job and your caregiving responsibilities.
Monica Stynchula – CEO / REUNIONCare, Inc.