Is it Possible to Be a Caregiver Who Works?

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Your elderly family member needs you, but your job may need you, too. So, what can you do when you’re faced with what feels like an impossible situation? It might not be as impossible as you fear.

Home Care in Deerfield Beach FL: Caregiver Who Works
Home Care in Deerfield Beach FL: Caregiver Who Works

How Much Help Does Your Senior Need?

To start out, you might find it helpful to know how much help your elderly family member truly needs. Having this baseline gives you a chance to sort out how vital it is that you’re immediately present. It might be that your senior needs help at specific times of the day, like around mealtimes and when she’s getting ready for the day. This can help you to determine what you can do and when you can do it.

Talk to Your Boss

It’s worth taking the time to talk to your immediate boss or supervisor about what’s going on. Before you meet, get real with yourself about what you can do and how caregiving is impacting your work. There might be suggestions your boss has for meeting your needs and the company’s needs that you didn’t think were possible.

Research Employee Assistance Programs

Larger companies have access to something called an Employee Assistance Program, or EAP. These programs can offer you access to additional assistance that can make your life easier as you deal with real-life issues. These services are paid for by your employer and offer you free assessments and connections to resources you might not have been able to access on your own.

Think Outside of the Box

To get the help that you and your senior both need, you might need to think outside of the box a little bit. There might be a way for you to work from home, especially if your employer is open to that idea. There may be other options, too, that are creative and that allows you to be both an employee and a caregiver depending on which role most needs to be filled in a given moment. It helps if your employer is supportive.

Bring in Elder Care Providers

Elder care providers can make a huge difference for you with this issue. They are able to take over for you and allow you to focus on something else, whether that’s work or another task entirely. You’ll know that your senior is in good hands, which does enable you to be able to put your full attention on something else.

There’s a delicate balance involved in being a caregiver, especially if you’re a caregiver that has to work for someone else. Your employer might just be the key to ensuring that you are able to get what you need both from your job and from caregiving.

If you or a family member are in need of hiring Home Care in Deerfield Beach, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770. Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.

About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.