Have you ever been asked "so, do you work?" or been told "so, you are just a caregiver." Have you thought about trying to find work but know that it probably just is not feasible? The schedules of the people we care for are just unpredictable and needs often change on a daily basis. How can any of us work other than caring for our elders?
Caregiving is not respected even by those in our own families. If we do this we should be able to work a real job as well. Why aren't family members that do work unavailable to assist with our caring responsibilities when we need a little help?
If you are a 24/7 caregiver this is a job of 168 hours a week. I, for one, cannot realistically find outside work. Even with a day care that my mom attends 6 hours a day, it would not be possible. She gets up when she wants, gets sick when she wants, has breakfast when she wants, and has doctor appointments often times twice a month. It is not realistic for me to be able to find real employment. Everything is on mom's schedule, not mine. If she has an emergency I need to drop everything to take care of it.
Are there really any caregiver-friendly employers out there? I imagine that even the Alzheimer's Association, AARP, Assisted Living Facilities, Day Care Centers especially need to have reliable employees.
What are your thoughts?