One of the many aspects of life that the coronavirus pandemic has changed is making many people family carers for the first time, as we wrote about in our blog ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) : celebrating family carers’ last month.
For numerous relatives, this was the obvious way to keep older and disabled loved ones safe and well, and with many people furloughed due to coronavirus they found they had the time to provide the care that was needed too – it was a win-win situation.
However, as the lockdown continues to be eased across the majority of the UK, and many employees are either returning to work or due to return to work, breaking those caring bonds for the hours of the working day is something many people are now facing.
How you may be feeling about going back to work
Having been away from workplaces for weeks or months, it’s understandable that many people may be feeling apprehensive about returning to work, both for their own safety and the safety of loved ones at home, especially any vulnerable older or disabled relatives that they have been caring for.
Whilst the lockdown has seen a rise in reports of mental health problems as a result of the restrictions that were put in place, feelings of stress and anxiety don’t automatically go away now that lockdown is easing. As a result, the commute you may have done for years or the office you know as well as your own home may now feel more worrying environments to be in due to coronavirus.
On top of this, concerns about how a vulnerable loved one who has come to rely on you may cope in your absence loom large on the horizon for many returning employees. These concerns have the potential to impact upon both productivity and confidence at work, and it’s important to put plans in place ahead of returning to work to make going back to employment as easy as it can be for you.
Live-in care is the solution to concerns about supporting a loved one
For many families, the ideal solution to addressing their loved one’s support needs is live-in home care. It enables your loved one to remain in the familiar and comfortable home environment that you’ve cared for them in, making it as close to having you at home as possible.
Care is provided by a well-matched live-in care worker whose support is specifically tailored to your loved one’s needs following a thorough assessment and the creation of a care plan, which you and your loved one will be pivotal in formulating.
Whilst your live-in care worker may initially be a stranger, they often soon become a new friend to you both (link – Live-in carer blog when this is published). This ensures your loved one is cared for to the highest standards and can enjoy fulfilling and varied days pursuing favourite hobbies and interests, doing the sorts of things you perhaps did with them before you returned to work.
Having a good support system for your loved one makes the world of difference to you both
Going back to work without a good support system in place for your loved one will undoubtedly make things much more difficult for you both. For your loved one, having the constant presence of a live-in care worker is the next best thing to having you there, and ensures they will be kept as safe and well as possible.
For you, a live-in carer can be a vital point of contact during your working day. Rather than anxiously watching your phone while you work and worrying about whether your loved one is ok, you can periodically check-in with the live-in carer for the reassurance that you need, enabling you to focus on your work for the day.
You can find out more about our live-in care services today by calling us on 01254 375023 or you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Gary Derbyshire, regional partner (North Yorkshire & Lancashire), Promedica24