Unexpected circumstances can cause just about anyone to call their employer and ask for the day off. Parents face this far too often when a child is sick and can’t go to school or the daycare facility is closed suddenly. These unexpected turns of events may seem minor if they only occur once or twice a year, or even less frequently than that, but when a person steps in to be a primary caregiver for an aging parent, for example, they take on a significant job.
An individual whose aging mother or father is hospitalized suddenly might feel it is their responsibility to take on this important role to be there for him or her, especially when they are discharged and sent home. That means they might tap into vacation time, sick days, or even take a leave of absence from work.
The impact this situation can have not only affects that aging senior and the primary family caregiver, it also has rippling repercussions throughout the family, network of friends, and even careers. Many of these family caregivers simply don’t realize two important things: the impact this will have on their relationships and health as well as the effect it can have on their job or career. In many ways, these sudden transformations in life can be similar to what parents face when a daycare facility they depend on suddenly closes without warning.
As reported in the WBZ4 CBS Boston local news blog, I-Team: Parents Lose Thousands When Daycare Abruptly Closes Amid Violations, written by Christina Hager:
““Five days [sic] notice during Christmas,” said David, a dad who asked us not to use his last name. “Three business days. That doesn’t fly.”
He’s now burning his vacation time to stay home with his baby, scrambling to find new daycare. “Not having childcare is, it’s everything,” he said. “It’s your job. If you can’t go to work, nothing works.””
Far too often these family caregivers don’t realize the long-term impact this decision is going to have on their life. They also may not fully appreciate the value in home care support services provided through an agency.
Outreach, as has been noted numerous times in previous articles, is a powerful motivator that can help families across the country understand and better appreciate the value of in-home care support services. It may even help prospective family caregivers understand there are better options, not just for them but more importantly for the aging senior they care about.