Are immediate reaction in todays world would be to quit our jobs and care of another, although society's needs and wants don't always let our financial circumstances do so. Why not balance work, life and caregiving? With the help of home care services and these workplace tips your life can become balanced again:
-Tell the boss: While every job is unique, letting your employer know about your situation is usually a good idea. It helps him or her understand the challenges you are facing and see that you want to be a valued employee. When you speak with an HR representative or your manager, be honest — and realistic — about your options.
-Change your work hours: If people you care for primarily need help in the mornings, perhaps you could work in the afternoons and evenings. Or if the people you care for mostly have medical appointments in the afternoon, perhaps you could work a split shift — mornings and evenings. You could also request a predictable hourly schedule.
-Consider telecommuting: Some call it "remote work" but telecommuting is an option that allows you to work from home or some other location, such as your loved ones' home or another office. Some employers offer full-time telecommuting jobs. Others allow some telecommuting time every week, or short-term telecommuting during an emergency or acute caregiving time.
-Look into taking a leave: Employers offer different options for taking time off. Be sure you understand your employer's policies. Do they offer time off specifically for caregiving? Many caregivers devote their vacation time to caregiving. Some employers allow employees to use sick time for caring for sick family members.
If you are a devote worker to your workplace, all you do is have to take the first step and ask what is available to you. It can let you have more time with your loved one, feel less stressed so make a plan today to get your life in balance.. what do you have to lose but more time to care for yourself so you can care for another!
Hello! As a caregiver, mother and social service worker I have learned many life lessons through hands on experience. My dream for you is to make your journey through caregiving a cherished one.