Making the choice to become the primary caregiver of an elderly parent is not an easy one. As your loved one requires more and more of your time, you may decide the point has come to start providing full time care. You will need to prepare for the effects it will have on your personal life as well as your career.
Because we all want to give as much time and attention to our family members as we can, it becomes hard to leave them during the day, especially as they start to need more supervision. They raised us, so we want to give back and show our appreciation by helping them. Thoughts may begin to arise about leaving your current job to devote yourself to being a full time caregiver. Before you take that step, it is important to take a long hard look at how it will impact your future.
Perhaps the most obvious factor is that you will be losing a paycheck. Even if you will have funds or support now, keep in mind that there is also the future to think about. After mom and dad are gone, how will you support yourself? The hours you are logging as a caregiver will not appear on your Social Security record when you reach retirement age.
If you plan on going back to work in the future, it may be harder than it sounds. Certain fields require constant professional growth to stay up to date on the latest techniques and trends. It can be easy to become out of the loop while you are away from the workplace. Be aware that your position may not be available once you are ready to return.
If quitting your job is not practical right now, it’s OK! The fact is that this is a financial and emotional dilemma that many people face. It can be a tug-of-war between your heart and your brain. Luckily, New Hampshire home care agency MAS Home Care can help. Entrust MAS Home Care professionals to provide excellent care in your absence. The best of both worlds is possible. Your loved one is able to stay home in a loving environment and you can rest assured that they are getting compassionate health care and companionship during the day while you are at work. At the end of the day, you can return home and spend quality time together instead of cramming a day’s worth of caregiving tasks into an evening. Your solution is only a phone call away – contact us today.
MAS Home Care of New Hampshire
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Manchester, NH 03103
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