Meet a Working Family Caregiver: Larry Worthington


Meet a Working Family Caregiver: Larry Worthington

(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. 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. 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. What do you hope to achieve in your career?
Larry: A steady reliable income that will support me. What advice would you offer to another working family caregiver?
Larry: Keep a schedule but be flexible as situations warrant. 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. 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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