Do You Need to Talk to Your Boss About Your Care for Your Parent?

Caregiver in Buckeye AZ

Taking on the role of being a family caregiver for your aging parent is a major change. You are not just agreeing to make sure that their needs are met or to support them in their decision to age in place. By making this decision you are agreeing to give of your time, energy, effort, and resources to make sure that their needs, challenges, and limitations are addressed effectively, and that they get the care, assistance, and encouragement they need to maintain a lifestyle that is happy, healthy, comfortable, and safe. This means that you are likely going to need to make major changes to your current lifestyle, and that can impact everything including your career.

Approximately 15 percent of the workforce in the United States is also a family caregiver for a loved one. The National Alliance for Caregiving reports that among these people, the role of being a caregiver can make a dramatic impact on their career. Approximately 66 percent have left work early, gone to work late, or taken time off in the middle of a work day to handle issues with their caregiver. Another 20 percent take a leave of absence from the job to focus on their aging loved one, and 10 percent quite or retire early in order to focus completely on their caregiver role. Approximately 5 percent have to refuse a promotion in order to maintain their care. These statistics show just how dramatic the impact caregiving can have on your career. What is even more important, however, is that it illustrates just how vital it is that you are upfront and honest with your boss about your care demands.

Many family caregivers do not immediately think of their career when considering the impact that caregiving will make on their lifestyle, or do not think that this is the type of information that they should share with their boss. Not talking to your management team about your care journey, however, can lead to them not understanding the change in your availability or effort and assuming the worst. You cannot expect them to understand what you are going through and make valuable adjustments if you are not upfront and honest with them about it.


Use these tips to help you talk to your boss about your caregiver role:

  • Meet with them as early in the process as possible so that it can be a planning session rather than one focused on crisis control.
  • Be honest with them about your parent’s needs and about your care role. Let them know what you plan to do for your parent and how this might impact your availability or your need to use personal time.
  • Ask if they have any suggestions or recommendations for how you can adjust your career to better adapt to your caregiver obligations. They might be able to give you a more flexible schedule, change the projects you are working on, let you work from home, or make other changes so that you can still manage your career while giving your parent all of the care that they need and deserve.


If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Buckeye, AZ, contact the caring staff at Elite Senior Homecare Services at (623) 285-6397. Quality Home Care & Assisted Living Placement Service in Sun City West, Peoria, Surprise and the surrounding areas.



Joseph Njenga, CEO

I am excited to be the CEO of Elite Senior Homecare Services mission in serving our wonderful seniors. I started my career as a Certified Nursing Assistant and worked in that capacity for several years. I decided to go back to school to pursue Licensed Practical Nurse. I have worked with seniors in Rehabilitation Centers, Long term Care Centers and Special Care Units for seniors with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. I have also worked with residents with Traumatic Brain Injury and stroke in group homes and as an administrator of assisted Living facilities. At Elite Senior Home Care Services, we are committed to giving our esteemed clients quality care to allow them to live in their homes for as long as possible. Our dedicated team of care managers, compassionate and professional caregivers will be happy to care for your loved one.