Are You Considering Quitting Your Job Because of Caregiving Duties?

Are You Considering Quitting Your Job Because of Caregiving Duties?
When you're both an employee and a family caregiver, you may find that caregiving and your job pull you in opposite directions way too often. You might even start to think that quitting your job is the best option that you have.

Talk to Your Employer First

Before you make any rash decision, talk to your employer about what's going on. They may have other ideas or options that you didn't realize were available to you. They may be able to offer you flexibility with your schedule or other benefits that allow you to keep your job and to be an effective caregiver. 

Look at What You'd Be Giving Up

There's a lot to weigh when it comes to quitting your job in order to be a caregiver full time. There are the benefits and wages that you'll lose, of course, but you may also lose other opportunities. For example, if your particular job market is not doing well, you might have a difficult time landing another job when you're ready to get back to work. Consider all of this carefully.

Look at Other Alternatives

You may have far more alternatives than you realize. Talk to your other family members about the fact that you're finding it difficult to juggle your job and caregiving. They may be able to pick up some of the slack and help you with some of the more time consuming tasks that take up your day. Another option could be that you hire senior care providers to handle the bulk of your loved one's caregiving needs so that you can focus on work. What works for you and your loved one won't necessarily be a cookie cutter solution.

Make Sure it's the Only Option Left

If you're still facing the option of quitting your job, it may be that it is the option for you. You should make sure that it's truly  the only option left for you, however, since this isn't a decision that is easy to undo if you later find it was the wrong way to go.

It's best if you can make a decision this complicated without feeling pressured into it. Give yourself as much time as possible to make the best decision that you can make for yourself and for your elderly loved one.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Mount Olympus, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.

Author: Michael and Marlena Hawkins, Owners, Interim HealthCare, Salt Lake City, UT 

Interim HealthCare of Salt Lake City has been in business since February 2014, providing in-home personal care and support services that help our elderly and/or disabled neighbors live enriched, safe and independent lives. Our goal is to provide customized care and support services that make it possible for our clients to remain in the comfort of their own homes rather than relocate to an assisted living facility.  Interim HealthCare is family owned by Michael and Marlana Hawkins, and is a Veteran Owned Small Business.

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