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Trying to balance caring for a loved one at home, along with your regular work responsibilities, can feel overwhelming. Luckily, there are things you can do to ease the difficulties of juggling these two jobs:
Throughout the country, employers are offering a host of new programs to reduce the workload placed upon the adult children of elderly parents. Talk to your company’s human resources department to find out if your company has an elder care benefit option.
Be sure your manager is aware of your situation and let him or her know that you are making every effort to fulfill your responsibilities at work. Maintaining an open line of communication will ensure that you have the same expectations. Don’t be afraid to ask for reasonable accommodations.
Receiving care at home through a home care agency is an option that can ease the burden on both patients and caregivers. It’s an ideal choice for people who prefer to have their loved ones with them at home, rather than in a nursing home.
Being responsible for another person’s health and care means it's even more important to manage your stress and personal health, especially if you are balancing caregiving duties and a full-time job. With such additional stress comes an increased risk for anxiety, depression, and a weaker immune system.
Many corporations are now moving toward a “virtual” workplace culture. Talk to your boss and your human resources department about some options that may work for your situation, such as working part-time, telecommunting or even a leave of absence.