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The New Juggling Act: Work and Caregiving, Coping With Double Demands of taking care of kids, children and your elderly senior parents


media_32_4_216Caring for an aging parent is never an easy task, but this task is made much more difficult when trying to juggle caregiving with a career.  Managing both these tasks can often increase stress while decreasing a person’s capabilities on one or both of these. 

 

According to a national study conducted by MetLife and AARP, employees caring for family members aged 50 or older are widespread and increasing.  Nearly 25 percent of all households have at least one adult who has provided care for an elderly person in the last 12 months.  In addition to their caregiving responsibilities, about 64 percent of these family caregivers are employed, creating a ‘juggling’ act between work and caregiving.

 

Comfort Keepers, an international franchisor provides companionship and other in-home services on an hourly, daily or weekly basis with tailored packages customized to an individual’s needs.  Packages include companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, grocery shopping, incidental transportation, laundry, recreational activities, and more.

 

Unfortunately, most family caregivers often underestimate the time required for caregiving and the impact of their obligation on their work. 57% of employed caregivers have had to leave work early, arrive late or take time off to tend to their caregiving responsibilities at home. This has caused American businesses to lose between $11 billion and $29 billion each year due to employees’ needs to care for loved ones. Caregiving obligations can often mean missing out on promotions at work, a loss in wages, reductions in savings and spending and a toll on personal health.

 

One solution for caregiving support is to hire a caregiving agency, such as Comfort Keepers. Comfort Keepers provides in-home care at a fraction of the cost of moving into an assisted living facility or nursing home. Comfort Keepers is available 24/7, catering to an employee’s varied work. All Comfort Keepers caregivers are also fully screened through credit and criminal background checks and are fully insured and bonded.

 

Through the support of a caregiving agency, workers can now balance their career and caregiving responsibilities while minimizing the stress for the caregiver and the person being cared for.

For more information about in-home senior services in the United States, click HERE. If you live in southeastern PA including Philadelphia, Delaware County, Montgomery or Chester County, click HERE.

 

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