Stroke Recovery Association of BC


Balancing Caregiving with Your Career

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Caring for a stroke survivor can be a full-time job. If you’re trying to balance your caregiving responsibilities with your work, you may feel overwhelmed. If you’re finding it hard to do it all, consider these tips for balancing caregiving and your career.

  1. Talk to someone at work.Whether you speak to your supervisor or someone in human resources, it’s usually a good idea to let someone know about your situation. Your supervisor or human resources representative may have ideas or suggestions for helping you manage everything on your plate. Ask about employee assistance programs. These programs often include counseling and other services.
  2. Look into telecommuting.It’s not as important as it used to be to sit at a desk in an office. With email, video conferencing and other technology, you can communicate with the people you need to without being in the office building. Sometimes, this is called telecommuting or remote work. Telecommuting can give you more flexibility because you won’t be spending time driving to work. You can use that time to get your loved one to doctor’s appointments. If that’s not an option, talk to your boss about temporarily working at an office closer to your home if there is one.
  3. Ask about adjusting your work hours.See if your hours are flexible or if your boss prefers a fixed schedule. If your hours are flexible, look into working in the afternoons or evenings, or see if you can work a split shift. If none of these will work for you or your supervisor, see if you can scale back to a part-time position or ask whether job-sharing is an option.
  4. Explore taking leave.The Family and Medical Leave Act allows eligible employees to take twelve weeks a year of unpaid leave to care for a family member. Your job and your health insurance are protected if you take this leave.
  5. Get organized.Come up with a schedule that you can share with your family members. You’ll feel more organized and better equipped to handle tasks. List things like appointments and activities and be sure to build in some down time for yourself.
  6. Take care of yourself.That means eating right, exercising and setting aside time to unwind. It also means asking for help. Ask relatives and friends what they can do to pitch in and look for organizations that may be able to help with things like transportation and meal delivery.

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