Do you ever feel like being a caregiver is a full-time job? If you’re like many caregivers, you probably do. That can be an issue when you also have a real job that you need to keep so you can pay your bills. Balancing the two can be pretty difficult and leave you feeling stretched too thin. So, what can you do to make the juggling act a little simpler? Here are some tips to help you maintain your balance between work and being a caregiver.
Read the employee manual and talk to the human resources department about any policies that the company has that could help you with your situation. Some options your company may offer are:
FMLA: Depending on a few factors, your employer may be required to allow you to take up to 12 unpaid weeks of leave to care for your aging relative. During that time, your health insurance is not affected, and they must hold your job for you to return to.
Flex Time: Ask if your employer will allow you to work a flexible schedule that allows you to both do your job and be with your family member when needed.
Telecommuting: Many companies now offer employees the opportunity to work from home. Find out if this is an option and if you can do your job from the older adult’s home.
Talk to Your Boss
Telling your boss what you are going through lets them know that you are serious about their job and want to do your best, but that you currently have extenuating circumstances. Be honest about what is going on and what they can expect. They may be able to help you navigate company policies. It may help to plan out what you want to say to your boss before the conversation. In fact, if you have an idea for meeting your employer’s needs while also being a caregiver, draft a proposal and present it to your boss. They may be able to accommodate your request or develop a compromise.
Keep the Two Separate
As much as possible, keep your caregiving duties separate from your work time. Trying to do both at the same time will only cause you more stress and divide your attention. If you must schedule appointments for your aging relative, make phone calls during your lunch break.
Consider Home Care
Hiring home care to stay with your aging relative while you are at work can allow you to more fully focus on your job. You’ll know that your loved one is safe at home and receiving the care they need. And, since you’ll be less stressed, when you are with your family member you’ll be a more effective caregiver and be able to enjoy the time you have with them.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Senior Care in Troy, MI, please contact the caring staff at Alliance Senior Care today. Call (248) 274-2170.