You have a full time job, you have a family, you have benefits related to those – but you don’t have any benefits related to caretaking of your aging parents.
What do you do when you find yourself in these situations?
- You have to spend the day at the surgery center while your parent has cataract surgery and then supervising their recovery at home. But, that’s just one eye. The other eye takes another day. You just started a new job and have no vacation days.
- Your parent is having problems with their mail order prescriptions. You get on the phone at work and stay on hold with the mail order pharmacy, correcting the shipping address or getting a prescription entered correctly into the system. You spend 2 hours a day on this project for 4 days, all during a big deadline at work.
- Your parent is having a heart procedure done next week and is going in for their pre-op appointment. Your parent won’t remember the instructions so you have to go with them to the doctor’s office. The doctor is running behind and you spend 3 1/2 hours there, plus you have to return your parent to their home. Your shift started 1 hour ago.
What the heck? That’s only three!
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