You want to care for your aging parent. You need to work to support your own family. It is a constant battle of the conscience and an unfair one at that. Knowing that your loved one is safe and healthy should not have to compete with your financial stability, but unfortunately it does. Anyone with an aging, ill or disabled family member knows the choice to work or be present is not easy. That is why MAS provides home care Maine residents can feel comfort in. Choosing home care allows your loved one to feel secure while maintaining independence and strong family bonds. By having a reputable home care company composed of a compassionate team of caregivers step in, you can work while knowing someone reliable is there in your place.
Another option is to work from home. Caring for an ailing family member can mean leaving work in the middle of the day to rush off to a health emergency or needing to take a leave of absence from work. Working at home allows for more flexibility and the ability to address issues right away before they escalate.
Working from home does entail the need to be able to develop a good balance though. Making the decision to move your office to where you live does not mean being able to neglect your work obligations. Your loved one may see your being home as a sign that they can have your attention all day. One way to avoid this is to set aside specific time devoted to them and void of distractions. Taking an hour or two in the morning for just the two of you and sometime in the evening around dinner or bedtime can help them to feel listened to and appreciative of your time together.
During work time make sure they know that you cannot be interrupted unless of course it is an emergency. Be clear about what you consider important enough to you and be firm. Develop a schedule that works well for the both of you. If that means taking a break in the afternoon and getting back to work after they go to bed, and that works for you, then go for it. The afternoon could also be the time when you have a homecare agency send over a companion.