Caregiving or Career?

Written by Julia on October 24, 2015

Many family caregivers are employed outside the home, and are constantly attempting to achieve a life of balance among different, but equally important priorities—namely, the demands of work and home. This isn’t an easy thing to do; but taking advantage of work-life programs that may be available to you at work may help.

Eldercare issues typically surface in two stages: the planning stage and the crisis stage. At times, there will be opportunities to plan for the future needs of older family members and times when a crisis will be front and center, and often when you least expect it. Either way, you’d be wise to learn more about your company’s flextime policy and about the Family and Medical Leave Act now.

Ask your employer about the following:

  • Eldercare resource and referral services
  • Flex time
  • Telecommuting
  • Compressed work weeks
  • Job sharing
  • Eldercare seminars and brown-bag lunch workshops
  • On-site work-life expos to meet local services providers
  • Long-term care insurance plans
  • Group legal plans
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Geriatric case managers
  • Adult day care programs
  • Dependent-care spending accounts
  • Contingency care vouchers
  • Employee newsletter articles
  • Caregiver support groups
  • Co-sponsored community eldercare events
  • Global relocation assistance
  • Unpaid leave policy
  • Bereavement Support

About the Author

Reprinted with permission from Joy Loverde, author of The Complete Eldercare Planner (revised and updated, 2009, Random House). Everything you need is in this book. Time- and money-saving checklists, worksheets, websites, step-by-step action plans, low-cost resources, and questions to ask professionals—an essential resource for anyone struggling with the many challenges that face today’s caregivers.  

Joy Loverde is a popular keynote speaker for a variety of audiences. She has been featured on the Today Show, CBS Early Show, National Public Radio, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Consumer Reports. For more information