Working can affect “dynamics” between caregiver and parent

Lisa Wurth

May 23, 2011

There are more than 20 million Americans who are tending to parents and trying to raise children at the same time. To make the situation even more difficult, many people are also holding full-time jobs – oftentimes, both heads of the house are holding a job. 

If a parent requires more care and moves in, this can cause even more stress. Eldercare expert Patricia Grace recently discussed the issue with OneNewsNow and said that when both potential caregivers are working, it could change the "dynamics" of care.

"In most cases, they're working, and so they really aren't there to provide the hands-on care for an elderly person that was once given," she said.

It can be hard to compensate for a lack of care due to working, particularly if families are concerned about the safety of a senior. It may be a good idea to consider investing in a medical alarm system for a house, so that when adult children are at the office, an older adult can instantly send a medical alert if they need help.

Additionally, try to plan ahead by discussing other long-term care options with elderly parents, as well as financial and medical matters. 

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