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Finding Harmony: Managing Work Alongside Parental Care Responsibilities

Though we may dread the sound of our alarm signifying another workday, having a profession outside of the home is very important for millions of people. It’s a large part of our identity, signifying the hard work we’ve invested throughout the years and accomplishments we’ve achieved. So what happens when your parents are beginning to show warning signs that they need help to keep living safely at home? Will you face a choice between the job you love and parental care responsibilities?

Thankfully, there are things you can do to ensure quality care for older loved ones without letting go of your professional goals and aspirations. Below are a few to take into account:

  1. Make Use of Community Resources: Make full use of community resources and services intended to support caregivers. From adult day programs to respite care services, these resources can offer much-needed relief and assistance. By tapping into these resources, you can lighten your load and make certain the person you love receives the best care possible while you manage your other responsibilities. 

  2. Explore Flexible Work Arrangements: Many employers offer flexible work arrangements, like flexible hours or telecommuting, to support employees with caregiving responsibilities. Explore these possibilities with your employer to find a schedule that works well for both your career and your caregiving duties. This will help you find a healthier balance between your personal and professional life, allowing you to excel in both areas. 

  3. Incorporate Technology: Technology can ease caregiving tasks, help you stay connected to loved ones, and so much more. If you can imagine it, there's probably an app for it! Research tech tools to help bridge the gap between career responsibilities and caregiving duties. From medication reminders to virtual support groups, technology can bring more efficiency to the care you’re providing. 

  4. Seek Support: Remember, you don't have to do it all alone. Reach out to other family members, friends, and The Care Company for assistance. You will be amazed at the advice and resources available once you ask for help, enabling you to concentrate on your job with peace of mind. Building a strong support network can provide emotional encouragement, practical assistance, and valuable insights, empowering you to navigate the complexities of caregiving while pursuing your professional goals. 

  5. Don’t Neglect Self-Care: Work and parental care responsibilities can feel overwhelming, but don't forget to prioritize your personal well-being in the midst of these demands. Take some time for self-care activities that refresh your mind, body, and spirit. Whether it is a leisurely walk in the park or a peaceful bubble bath, investing in yourself will ultimately make you a better caregiver and employee. 

Caring for aging parents while pursuing a career is without a doubt challenging, but it is far from impossible. Contact The Care Company and let’s work together to develop a schedule for care that allows you to continue in your career while your parents thrive as well. Serving Etobicoke, Markham, Scarborough, and the surrounding areas, we’re just a phone call away at (416) 422-2273.

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