Balancing your work life and your home life is always an issue, but when your home life involves caregiving, you’ve graduated to a new level of complicated. You can do quite a bit to help your senior and yourself to deal with this situation, but it might require some flexibility.
Find out What Your Company Can Do
Companies, especially larger companies, tend to have policies and procedures in place regarding caring for family members and taking leave. In fact, as prevalent as caregiving has become, many companies have solid policies in place to help you to be the best caregiver that you can be. Start with your company’s human resources department or with the employee assistance program. Either should be able to get you the information that you need.
Hire Home Care Services
Home care services are able to handle tasks for you and for your senior as well as spot potential safety concerns. If you’re not able to work from home or to adjust your working hours, elder care can also help to ensure that your senior isn’t left alone and that you can get sleep, if that’s becoming an issue for you. They’re the extra set of eyes and hands that you need when you can’t do it all on your own.
Make Sure You’ve Got All Your Ducks in a Row
The biggest issue that can deal you a one-two punch with this goal is that of disorganization. When you’re not organized, you can’t find what you need, you miss or forget important dates and appointments, and you generally feel as if you’re three steps behind. Getting yourself as organized as possible, relying on a calendar, and writing down important information is going to help immensely.
Check in with Yourself Regularly
You also need to touch base with yourself regularly. How are you feeling and is there something else that you need in order to be successful? If you’re not taking care of yourself, it’s going to be very difficult to manage taking care of both your senior and your career, not to mention any other obligations you’re facing.
There’s no one right or perfect way to balance both caregiving and your career. Go with your intuition and make sure that you’re meeting your needs first so that you can keep meeting the needs of others. As you need to adjust what you’re doing, you’ll also find new ways to keep the balance.