Are You a Working Caregiver? What You Can Do Besides Homecare Services
If you’re one of the 40 million Americans providing care for a loved one, you’re no stranger to adversity. If you work on top of providing that care without the help of homecare services, as one in six family caregivers do, then you know that it’s not always easy to get the support you need.
At Granny NANNIES Miami, our top priority is making sure that we can help as many people as possible. We understand the difficulties of trying to juggle caring for a loved one and a career and that not everyone can afford to hire outside help or homecare services. Still, we want to lay out the options that family caregivers have so that they can continue making a living without compromising their careers.
Here’s what you can do if you’re a working caregiver:
Talk to HR
If the company you work for has a human resources department, make an appointment to talk to a representative. Be sure to talk about company policies, and ask if there are any programs that offer support to family caregivers. Your company might have a plan for your situation—support in the forms of counseling, community services, financial assistance, caregiver support groups, and respite care home services could be available to you.
Even if your company does not have a plan in place for working caregivers, they might be interested in talking with you about how they can help.
Talk to Your Manager
If your workplace does not have a human resources department, schedule a one-on-one with your immediate supervisor. It’s important to be transparent about your caregiving responsibilities. If you’re a good employee, your boss will work to keep you on.
Before having the talk with your boss, it’s important to understand that there might not be a single solution. Be sure to have ideas ready that won’t cost the company any time or money—for instance, ask if your employer would be willing to let you telecommute for a few days a week. The bottom line is you have to be willing to compromise.
Get Involved in a Local Caregiver Community
Many cities have caregiving communities that can help with caregiving and support. It could help you to become involved. If nothing else, you might learn about adult daycare options and support groups that let you talk to others who are going through the same thing as you. Becoming involved with others in your community could open doors for you and make you aware of options that you didn’t realize you had.
Still Need Homecare Services?
We hope that you are able to find the solution that is right for you. If you still need help looking after your loved one, please don’t hesitate to contact Granny NANNIES.
Need help juggling your job and your caregiver role? Even if it’s just for the day, assistance is just a phone call away. Call Granny Nannies Miami at (305) 591-1818 today. We offer a free in-home care consultation.
Over 40 million Americans take care of a loved one. Of those millions of people, one in six, does so while working to make a living.
Are you one of them? Take a moment to read our most recent blog post. You’ll find some great tips for getting the support you need from your supervisors as well as from your community.
Hope this helps,