Caregivers may want to consider work-at-home job

Lisa Wurth

February 15, 2011

A survey conducted by estimates that one of the biggest tolls that a caregiver experiences while attending to a spouse or partner is financial difficulties. A total of 74 percent of these individuals responded that they had to either change their job or completely stop working altogether.

Consequently, many caregivers may be looking for other career opportunities that offer a little more flexibility. With the widespread use of the internet, it's now possible for many people to work from home, which can be a valuable alternative for those who can't leave a senior's side.

Those who are feeling overwhelmed by their caregiving responsibilities may also want to consider installing an elderly alert system. This device allows older users to instantly send a medical alert in the case of an emergency, which can allow them to be safe at home while a caregiver is working.

Jackie Booley recently decided to take an at-home position – she had previously stopped working due to the needs of her husband, who suffered from chronic kidney failure, according to But, due to financial problems after he passed away, she took another job as an Office Depot customer service representative. People can call her from anywhere and she can just pick up her phone and start working.