Karen is a 43 old manager for a large company. She has a husband, two kids in elementary school, and a mother she is the primary caregiver for. Even though her mother still lives on her own, she struggles. Karen stops by every morning to get her breakfast and monitor her medicines. She stops by again in between running the kids to soccer and piano practice. More then once she’s had to leave home in the middle of the night to tend to her mother’s needs. She knows both her job and her family are struggling trying to keep up with all of the demands.
Chances are if this description doesn’t fit you, you know someone in this situation. Statistics currently show that approximately 29 percent of the US adult population is providing care for someone that is chronically ill, disabled or aged. And that number is only expected to rise.
Caring for someone is always a difficult situation. But when you add in other full time jobs, such as a career or a family, the situation can quickly turn desperate. How do you do each job to its fullest? Unfortunately, the entire situation takes its toll in many ways. Divorce rates rise. Problems with children develop. And even work can suffer by losing jobs or chances for promotions.
Yet what do you do? You’re doing the best that you can. [Read more…]