Are you caring for an aging loved one, trying to balance a career and life? You are not alone. There are 40 million family caregivers in the U.S. Balancing a career with caring for your children, spouse, and your aging loved one can become extremely stressful and overwhelming. What should go on the back burner; your career?
Before taking such a drastic and life-changing measure, take a moment to consider the following:
- Determine the financial value of your wages, benefits and retirement income. Could you and your family manage without it?
- Would you be able to jump back into your career once your caregiving duties have ended?
- Are there alternatives to leaving your place of employment, such as temporary flex-time or part-time hours, extended family leave, etc.?
- Have you shared your situation with your employer? Before assuming that quitting is the only solution, allow your manager or HR department to hear and respond to what you’re facing.
- Read through your employer’s policies and procedures manual to refamiliarize yourself with the attendance and absences policies.
- Look into unemployment benefits in your state before making a decision, and confirm your eligibility.
Quitting your career does not have to be your first choice. Live Free Home Health Care can provide the care and support your aging loved one needs. Don’t make a decision you will regret before considering all of your options. Contact us today to learn about our quality dementia care services and compassionate caregivers in Center Harbor, Moultonborough, Gilford, Sandwich, and throughout the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.