Meet a Working Family Caregiver: Lisa Howard


Meet a Working Family Caregiver: Lisa Howard

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

Lisa, on the left, with her niece and her parents Lisa, on the left, with her niece and her parents

Today, I'm delighted to introduce you to Lisa Howard. Lisa is single and works for Customs and Border Protection. She drives from her home to her parents every day and spends every weekend with them. "I am blessed to have my parents. So although it's tiring, I just don't take the time to think about it," she says.

My questions and Lisa's answers follow. How do you think your caregiving experience has made you more productive?

Lisa: In caregiving I have to be organized to complete as much as I can so I carry that over into the work place. I'm even more productive. What do you enjoy about your job?

Lisa: I enjoy the change in scenery and that I am not doing laundry, cooking etc. What do you hope to achieve in your career?

Lisa: I would like to one day own my own business, something small. What advice would you offer to another working family caregiver?

Lisa: I would have a schedule, get organized, plan what you will do before you go to your family member's. What suggestions would you offer employers that can help their employees with caregiving responsibilities?

Lisa: Be flexible with your employees; they are dealing with a lot of stress. We never know when we will be called away from work or we may have to call in and use FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) at the last minute. Finally, tell us about your caregiving situation.

Lisa: I have been caring for my parents for two years now. My mom almost died two years ago and it's been a roller coaster ride. My parents don't have another caregiver; it's just me. I do all the cooking, cleaning, finances plus I'm there to give my dad a break so he can go to lunch with his friends or get out. I'm there every weekend and every week day.

(Tell us your story; share your experiences about your life as a working family caregiver.)


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