How to Balance Work with Your Caregiving Responsibilities

Tips for Balancing Work with Caring for a Senior Loved One

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Becoming a family caregiver doesn’t mean you have to give up your current job. It’s important to maintain as much of your normal routine as possible because it can help you prevent depression, isolation, resentment, and caregiver burnout. Here are some of the ways you can balance work with your caregiving duties. 

Be Proactive

Being proactive can prevent panic attacks, high blood pressure, and stress related to your job and your caregiving duties. Develop a schedule and make sure to stick to it. The schedule should be tailored to your availability. For example, if you’re responsible for taking your loved one to doctor appointments, schedule those appointments after work, during your lunch hour, or on your days off. Always create a contingency plan for those days when you need to be out of the office. 

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Understand Your Limits

Setting emotional and physical boundaries can enhance your mood and simplify the caregiving process. Never take on more duties than you can handle. If your coworkers ask you to stay late to help with their work but you need to get home to tend to your caregiving tasks, it’s okay to say no. Knowing your limits may make it easier to balance your work and caregiving tasks, giving you more time to focus on self-care and prevent burnout.  

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Consider Telecommuting

Telecommuting allows you to work from home or any other location other than your office building. Ask your employer if telecommuting is an option, whether it’s in your employee handbook or not. After explaining your situation, your supervisor may make an exception. In other cases, your employer may allow you to telecommute a few days each week or for months at a time. 

Ask for Help 

Don’t take on all the caregiving responsibilities alone. Always ask other family members and close friends for help. Make sure to delegate as many of your caregiving duties as possible so you can free up time for your job and personal obligations. If you need more assistance, hire an in-home caregiver to lighten the load for your family. When you ask for help or hire a caregiver, you can spend more time working and less time worrying about your loved one’s safety. 

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