Yes, You CAN Maintain Your Career While Supporting Aging Parents!

A businesswoman smiles as she heads to work, even while supporting aging parents.
Discover how to continue your career while supporting aging parents.

Though we might dread the alarm going off on Monday mornings, having a job outside the home is very important for many of us. It is an important part of our identity, signifying the hard work we’ve invested throughout the years and accomplishments we’ve achieved. So what happens when your parents are beginning to present warning signs that they need help to continue living safely in the home? Will you have to decide between keeping the job you love and supporting aging parents?

Thankfully, there are things you can do to ensure quality care for your loved ones without compromising your professional goals and aspirations. Here are some ideas to consider:

  1. Incorporate Technology: Technology can ease caregiving tasks, allow you to stay linked to loved ones, and much more. If you can imagine it, it’s likely there’s an app to help with it! Research tech tools to help bridge the gap between career responsibilities and caregiving duties. From medication reminders to virtual support groups, technology can bring more efficiency to the care you’re providing.
  2. Keep Up With Self-Care: Remember to prioritize your personal well-being in the middle of the demands of caregiving and your career. Take some time for self-care activities that rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit. Whether it’s a leisurely walk in the park or a soothing bubble bath, investing in yourself will ultimately allow you to be a better caregiver and professional.
  3. Use Community Resources: Make full use of community resources and services created to support caregivers. From adult day programs to respite care services, these resources can offer much-needed relief and assistance. By making use of these resources, it is possible to lighten your load and ensure the person you love receives the very best care possible while you handle your other responsibilities.
  4. Explore Flexible Work Arrangements: Many employers offer flexible work arrangements, like telecommuting or flexible hours, to accommodate individuals with caregiving responsibilities. Explore these possibilities with your employer to find a schedule that works for both your career and your caregiving duties. This can help you find a better balance between your personal and professional life, so you can excel in both areas.
  5. Seek Support: Remember, you don’t need to do it all alone. Reach out to other loved ones, friends, and JFS Care for assistance. You’ll be astonished at the resources and advice available when you ask for help, allowing you to focus on your job with peace of mind. Building a solid support network can offer emotional encouragement, practical assistance, and valuable insights, empowering you to navigate the complexities of caregiving while pursuing your professional goals.

Supporting aging parents while pursuing a profession is without a doubt challenging, but it is far from impossible. Contact JFS Care 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 West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and the surrounding areas, we’re just a phone call away at 213-383-2273.