Four Tips for Balancing Caregiving with Work

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Just because you’re a caregiver, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can give up your job. Most caregivers have to keep working and that means balancing their current work goals with their goals as a caregiver. It’s not an easy task, but it is possible, especially if you keep some of these ideas in mind while you’re planning.

Elderly Care Whitehall PA - Four Tips for Balancing Caregiving with Work

Elderly Care Whitehall PA – Four Tips for Balancing Caregiving with Work

Assess the Culture at Work

Every company has a slightly different approach to certain issues. Those differences help to make up the culture of the company and of the office. Lots of companies are becoming more concerned about helping their employees to balance their home life and their work life as effectively as possible. They also understand that more elderly adults are getting to an age where they need the help of younger family members.

Investigate Options Offered by Your Company

Once you have an idea how supportive your company is, you might have more than a few options to investigate. Many companies offer programs to help caregivers through their employee assistance programs. Make sure that you get a good overview of what types of programs are offered and what they can do for you and for your elderly family member.

Coworkers Might Have Ideas

You’re not the first person at your company who has needed to explore options related to caregiving and you won’t be the last. Some of your coworkers may have a solution for your situation that saves you a lot of time and legwork in researching. If you have a good relationship with your coworkers, it’s worth asking them about what they tried and how well those solutions worked for them.

Develop a Plan

Once you’ve done your research, you can start to put a plan together. Bring answers to your immediate supervisors. They’re usually far more open to solutions than to problems and that can get you much farther in your negotiations. As much as you want to, you can’t really plan for every single contingency so don’t worry about doing that. For now put a plan in place that works for you and for your employer.

The balance that you’re looking for with caregiving and your job is a delicate one. You might find that hiring elderly care providers gives you a little more room in which to maneuver. Look at all of your options and determine which ones fit best with both your needs as well as your senior’s.

If you or a loved one are in need of Elderly Care Services in Whitehall PA or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Extended Family Care of Allentown. Call today at (610) 200-6097.
About the author: Carole Chiego
Carole Chiego became a member of the Extended Family Care team in January, 2008. Prior to her role as the Administrator of the Allentown office, she was the Area Director of Operations for a home care company in East Orange, New Jersey. Carole’s extensive experience in home care spans over 17 years. Her work ethic and desire to succeed in the industry are evident in her advancement within the field ranging from Scheduling Coordinator to Medical Records Coordinator to Branch Manager and finally to Administrator and Area Director. She believes assuming these roles has made her a more effective manager. Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc. Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author