Millions of Americans act as the primary caregiver for an aging parent or relative and struggle with balancing responsibilities at home with full-time work. Not surprisingly, many caregivers wind up physically and emotionally drained. Although it’s no easy task, there are ways to manage both roles efficiently.
Make a list of priorities for both home and work in order of importance. By making a list, you will find yourself crossing off a few things that don’t seem as important as you thought. Being able to lighten your load and eliminating a few things from your list regularly will help you manage and reduce stress.
If people offer to help out with your loved one, accept their offers. If no one has offered to assist you, ask. Your family and friends may not be aware you need help. Don’t be afraid to ask for aid with duties such as meal preparation or housecleaning.
Seek Out Professional Services
If family and friends aren’t available regularly to help out with your loved one, turn to a Nashville home care agency. A trusted local home care agency can step in when others are unavailable to help your loved one with everything from running errands to personal grooming.
Speak with Your Employer
Be upfront about your role as a part-time caregiver for a loved one. Chances are your employer will work with you to help balance your responsibilities between caregiving and work. Also, familiarize yourself with the Family and Medical Leave Act. Your human resources department will provide you with that information. Under the Act, eligible workers are entitled to 12 weeks per year of unpaid leave for caregiving.
Take a Break
You are important in your role as a caregiver and in your role at work, but don’t forget to take time for you. Go for long walks, read, have dinner with friends or do anything else that makes you happy. Taking time for yourself ensures you can continue to succeed at work while providing the best care possible for your loved one.
When families have support and access to resources, caring for a loved one feels much more manageable. Find the additional help you and your loved one need at Home Care Assistance of Nashville. In addition to hourly and live-in care, we also offer stroke, Parkinson’s, dementia, and Alzheimer’s care in Nashville. Our caregivers are experienced and thoroughly vetted, our devoted Care Managers are available to families and clients 24/7, and all of our care services are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call (615) 326-9849 and speak with a friendly Care Manager to learn more.