April 18, 2024 by Dean Bellefeuille

A woman caring for aging family members smiles at work while holding a cup of coffee.

No one likes to see the end of the weekend, but having a career to attend to on Monday is important to millions of us. It’s a significant part of our identity, signifying the hard work we’ve invested over the years and accomplishments we’ve achieved. So what happens when your parents start to show signs of needing assistance at home? Will you face a choice between a career you love and caring for aging family members that you love more?

Thankfully, there are steps you can take to ensure quality care for your parents without compromising your professional goals and aspirations. Here are a few to consider:

  • Requesting Flexible Work Arrangements: It’s not uncommon for employers to support employees caring for aging family members by offering varied work arrangements, such as telecommuting or flexible hours. Explore these options with your employer to find a schedule that works for both your career and your caregiving duties. This will help you find a healthier balance between your professional and personal life, allowing you to excel in both areas.
  • Make Use of Community Resources: Take advantage of community resources and services designed to support caregivers. From adult day programs to respite care services, these resources can provide much-needed relief and assistance. By tapping into these resources, you can lighten your load and ensure the person you love receives the best care possible while you manage your other responsibilities.
  • Maximizing Technology: Using technology can help to connect with loved ones and organize your caregiving responsibilities, among other helpful benefits. If you can imagine it, it’s likely there’s an app for it! Research tech tools to help bridge the gap between caregiving and career obligations. From medication reminders to virtual support groups, technology can bring more efficiency to the care you’re providing.
  • Don’t Forget Self-Care: Remember to prioritize your own well-being in the midst of the demands of caregiving and your career. Take time for self-care activities that rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit. Whether it’s a leisurely walk in the park or a relaxing bubble bath, investing in yourself will ultimately make you a better caregiver and professional.
  • Get Outside Support: You’re not alone in this. Reach out to other family members, friends, and At Home Independent Living for assistance. You’ll be amazed at the resources and advice available when you ask for help, allowing you to focus on your career 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.

Caring for aging family members while pursuing a career is undoubtedly challenging, but it’s far from impossible. Contact At Home Independent Living 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 Syracuse, Camillus, Clay, and the surrounding area, we’re just a phone call away at (315) 579-HOME (4663).