As people get older, they may struggle to complete everyday tasks such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, and sometimes personal care such as bathing and dressing. The responsibility for taking care of senior citizens often falls on their families, particularly their adult children. Many of these family caregivers also have full-time or part-time jobs. The responsibility of caring for an aging relative while holding down a job can create burdens for family members.
How Caring for a Senior Citizen Can Affect a Family Member’s Employment
Many caregivers find that the responsibility of caring for a loved one in addition to holding down a job places a burden on them in terms of time, money, and stress. Employees may need to rearrange their work schedules, go in late, leave early, or take time off to care for a family member. They may receive warnings from their employers about the number of absences they have from work, which could potentially put their employment in jeopardy.
Financial Effects of Caring for an Aging Relative
The burden of caring for a family member can also have financial implications for workers. Many employees do not have paid sick or vacation days that they can use to care for a relative, and many employers do not offer paid family leave. Workers can lose money if they take time off to care for an aging family member. This can have long-term effects on their retirement savings. Employees who leave their jobs to care for an aging relative can also lose their health insurance coverage.
Who Is Affected Most by the Responsibility of Caring for a Family Member
The demands of taking care of a relative tend to fall more heavily on women than men. Women are more likely to modify their work schedules, take a job with fewer hours, or give up working entirely to care for a loved one. People with less education and lower incomes are also more likely to be caregivers for their family members.
How an In-Home Caregiver Can Help
If you are struggling to take care of an aging relative while working full-time or part-time, hiring a caregiver can help reduce the amount of stress on you and its effects on your employment. A caregiver can visit your loved one’s home as often as every day or as little as a few hours per week to help your relative with tasks such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping, errands, and personal care.
Dependable Care has a team of trained caregivers who have helped many seniors across Connecticut with these tasks and more. A caregiver can provide regular assistance so you can focus on work and have less stress from being pulled in two directions. Contact Dependable Care today so we can match your loved one with a caregiver.