#carechat on Sept. 14: Working and Caregiving

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#carechat on Sept. 14: Working and Caregiving

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home-office-336373_640Join us for a special #carechat on Twitter on Wednesday, September 14, at 1 p.m. ET (Noon CT, 11 a.m. MT, 10 a.m. PT). Our #carechats connect you with others who care for a family member or friend. Typically, we chat on Twitter on the first and third Sundays of every month at 8 p.m. ET.

On Wednesday, we’ll discuss how to balance work and caring for a family member friend. We'll discuss some of the issues we'll tackle during our Caregiving and Your Career Virtual Conference on Sunday, September 18.

These questions will guide our discussion:

Q1. What's your greatest challenge right now as you juggle caregiving and your career?

Q2. What company benefits have you used, if any, to help you manage caregiving and your career?

Q3. What's a typical lunch break like for you?

Q4. What help have you hired so you can continue working?

Q5. How do you manage when a caregiving crisis hits?

Q6. How often do you talk about your caregiving responsibilities at work?

Q7. What's the toughest part of your day -- before work, at work, after work?

Q8. What suggestions would you offer to other working family caregivers?

Be sure to follow me on Twitter: @caregiving

See you on the 14th.

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MikeLur

Q1. What’s your greatest challenge right now as you juggle caregiving and your career?\r\nI \"work for myself.\" Sounds ideal, right? Well...since I have the flexibility, I've left my home and have been caretaking beside my mother since my dad's stroke. My client and workload have increased since then and I have to run and try and get work done in those moments when my father decides to be compliant. \r\n\r\nQ2. What company benefits have you used, if any, to help you manage caregiving and your career?\r\nI don't have any work benefits.\r\n\r\nQ3. What’s a typical lunch break like for you?\r\nI typically eat lunch with my mom and dad, so I'm eating after helping get him situated.\r\n\r\nQ4. What help have you hired so you can continue working?\r\nShe's not hired, but my sister comes on the weekend so I can go home and get some uninterrupted work time (and go to the gym!)\r\n\r\nQ5. How do you manage when a caregiving crisis hits?\r\nHasn't yet but I'd drop my mouse and run downstairs—if I'm not already down there!\r\n\r\nQ6. How often do you talk about your caregiving responsibilities at work?\r\nDoes not apply, but I have only told a handful of friends. \r\n\r\nQ7. What’s the toughest part of your day — before work, at work, after work?\r\nGetting Dad up, bathed and fed in the morning before I start working. Sometimes that's not until 12/1pm.\r\n\r\nQ8. What suggestions would you offer to other working family caregivers?\r\nI'm new at this, so I'm taking suggestions!

Chris

Q1. What’s your greatest challenge right now as you juggle caregiving and your career? Being there for my wife and then trying to be at work. I have FMLA for my wife and myself, hardly ever used for me. Still have to use vacation time to cover long periods of time out. \r\n\r\nQ2. What company benefits have you used, if any, to help you manage caregiving and your career? The company I work for has many things that help in way of care for my wife. The time needed for hospital stays, etc. Great insurance etc. \r\n\r\nQ3. What’s a typical lunch break like for you? I live 3 miles from work and go home every day. Feed the wife, when i can walk all 4 of our furbabies. Tend to any needs she has and then back to work. \r\n\r\nQ4. What help have you hired so you can continue working? We generally only have what's allowed for home health care. Although lately we have been paying a woman to come in once a week and care for my wife. She is in home health and was visiting covered by our insurance and they are no longer contracted with our insurance. \r\n\r\nQ5. How do you manage when a caregiving crisis hits? By prayer, family support, working as much as i can with all her health care providers closely. \r\n\r\nQ6. How often do you talk about your caregiving responsibilities at work?Never really thought to however, the company I work for has their own health department. Might be something worth looking into. \r\n\r\nQ7. What’s the toughest part of your day — before work, at work, after work? After work, that is the time running errands, then head home to start the work day at home. I think anyone here knows, when you work , your day is not done just because you are home. Often times it's late at night going to bed. \r\n\r\nQ8. What suggestions would you offer to other working family caregivers? Don't be afraid to ask for help. Last I looked not one of us has a big red S on our chest. Waiting till you collapse from stress or anxiety does you no good and, certainly doesn't help the one you care for.

EllysGdaughter

Oh Dear, I will be at work at 10am, my time... so thought I would answer a few of the questions for discussion..\r\n\r\nQ1. What’s your greatest challenge right now as you juggle caregiving and your career? I have trouble keeping focus at work, making mistakes, having trouble retaining information is the biggest one... my brain is full!!\r\n\r\nQ2. What company benefits have you used, if any, to help you manage caregiving and your career?\r\nI haven't used any benefits like family leave... yet\r\n\r\nQ3. What’s a typical lunch break like for you? I eat at my desk so I can leave earlier in the day.\r\n\r\nQ4. What help have you hired so you can continue working? None\r\n\r\nQ5. How do you manage when a caregiving crisis hits? So far, no major crisis during work hours but know that I can leave at any time - Family comes first!\r\n\r\nQ6. How often do you talk about your caregiving responsibilities at work? Very little, but have shared with co-workers who are also caregivers - not enough time to talk as much as we need to...during work hours\r\n\r\nQ7. What’s the toughest part of your day — before work, at work, after work? After work - the errands, making sure everyone has what they need before I get home to make dinner... never stops\r\n\r\nQ8. What suggestions would you offer to other working family caregivers? Just make sure your Boss/Admin/Office Manager knows your situation and your priorities. Make the time to take Caregiving Classes when offered!!! I have really had it easy in my situation so far.