Ease the Strain of Working and Caregiving With These Tips
The far-reaching impacts of the pandemic have touched every aspect of our lives, creating unprecedented challenges for many, especially those juggling the responsibilities of both working and caregiving for senior family members. The stress of managing both roles simultaneously can be overwhelming.
If you find yourself in this situation, consider these tips to better navigate the dual demands of caregiving and professional responsibilities.
The financial aspect is a crucial component of caregiving that deserves attention. Initiate a conversation, albeit potentially uncomfortable, with the senior in your care to assess their financial situation. Address important questions such as the senior’s financial security, the need for setting aside funds for future care needs, the existence of a long-term care insurance plan, and any considerations given to preplanning or prepaying end-of-life expenses. Taking proactive steps now can prevent finding yourself in crisis mode later.
Explore Available Benefits
Many seniors and caregivers miss out on valuable benefits that could ease their situation. Conduct a thorough review based on the senior’s income, assets, and health to identify services they may be entitled to, as highlighted by the National Council on Aging. Additionally, the US government provides various benefits and resources to support family caregivers, with additional provisions for those caring for veterans. Investigate and leverage these resources to alleviate the burden on both yourself and the person you’re caring for.
Evaluate the Decision to Keep Your Job
Balancing caregiving responsibilities with an outside career often prompts family members to consider leaving their jobs. While this decision may seem necessary, it should not be made lightly. Aside from the obvious impact on income and personal identity, ceasing employment also affects retirement income by discontinuing contributions to Social Security. Weigh the pros and cons carefully and explore alternative solutions to maintain a healthier balance.
Beyond the financial and professional aspects, caregiving takes a toll on personal well-being. It’s crucial to recognize the need for self-care and seek support to prevent burnout. At Hired Hands Homecare, we understand the challenges faced by family caregivers and are here to provide assistance.
How Hired Hands Homecare Can Help:
Our caregivers are here to partner with you to allow you to achieve a healthier life balance. We provide comprehensive care, support, and companionship for older adults, according to each person’s unique needs. By entrusting us with caregiving responsibilities, you can focus on your work and personal well-being, while the person you love benefits from enhanced socialization and engaging activities.
To explore how Hired Hands Homecare can support you, call us for a free in-home consultation today at (866) 940-4343 to learn more about our customized in-home care options in Novato, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, and the surrounding areas.