Women are at the epicenter of caregiving as a whole. We’ve seen it over and over-“The Dutiful Daughter” struggling not only caring for their parents but their in-laws, as well. Women are also more likely than men to say that caregiving is physically difficult and has strained their marriages, and caused them to lose contact with friends and become isolated socially.
While it is true that men have become more involved and taken on more responsibilities at home caring for their aging loved ones, recent studies show that employed women who are caregivers are seven times more likely than men to cut down from full-time to part-time employment because of caregiving duties.
They are more likely than men to take a leave of absence from work, to lose employment benefits because they cut back their hours or to be forced to quit working altogether. A significant percentage say they were penalized at work because of their caregiving responsibilities.
As daughters, wives, and mothers there is no question that we love and honor our parents and grandparents and want to be there for them as they increasingly need assistance in their later years.
How can a Senior Care Advisor help shoulder your load of responsibility? There are a number of ways!
- Arranging home safety services such as coordinating lawn care and cleaning services
- Taking Mom to doctor appointments and grocery shopping
- Setting up resources and services such as Meals On Wheels and caregiver support
- Providing medication management
Whether you live nearby or in a different state, these duties can be overwhelming and stressful. Remember, you are not alone. I am here to help. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need assistance with these are any other matters pertaining to caring for your parents or grandparents.
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