Meet a Working Family Caregiver: Larry Worthington

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Meet a Working Family Caregiver: Larry Worthington

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(Editor’s Note: As part of our Hire a Family Caregiver campaign, I’ll introduce you to working family caregivers on a regular basis.)

Today, I'm proud to share the story of Larry Worthington, who cares for his mom and a family friend. Because of his caregiving responsibilities for his mom, Larry lost his job. He then recreated his career, becoming a Personal Care Worker. You can connect with Larry on his profile page: @kc9hdp. My questions and his answers follow.

Caregiving.com: We often hear that caregiving responsibilities negatively impact productivity in the workplace. How do you think your caregiving experience has made you more productive?
Larry: I find that I can manipulate schedules around to get things to fit in and to prioritize activities.

Caregiving.com: What do you enjoy about your job?
Larry: Helping others enjoy their lives and being a part of helping them be as independent as possible.

Caregiving.com: What do you hope to achieve in your career?
Larry: A steady reliable income that will support me.

Caregiving.com: What advice would you offer to another working family caregiver?
Larry: Keep a schedule but be flexible as situations warrant.

Caregiving.com: What suggestions would you offer employers that can help their employees with caregiving responsibilities?
Larry: Be understanding and flexible in scheduling to allow your employee to take care of their loved one.

Caregiving.com: Finally, tell us about your caregiving situation. For whom do you care? How long have you been caregiving?
Larry: I helped care for my grandmother for about two years before she died when mom and I were both working full-time. I then took care of my mother for about a year after she had back surgery. during the time I was unemployed as the business I worked for closed.

In 2010 I started taking care of my mother again when she had a heart attack and quadruple bi-pass surgery. During her recovery from heart surgery, we learned she had CKD and needed dialysis which started in 2012. In 2011, I started helping a friend who has lymphedema.

I worked full time until 2012 just before Mom started dialysis. As her appointments increased I was terminated from my full-time job because I did not qualify for Family and Medical Leave Act protection because of the size of the company. I was told it was not working out. I attended the local technical collage and completed the Personal Care Worker program. I have added two more clients and am looking for at least one more.

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