Caregiving Around the Clock

November is National Family Caregivers Month. This year’s theme recognizes the ‘round the clock’ challenges that caregivers face. The thing is, you never know when you will need to rush to the hospital or leave work at the drop of a hat.

I don’t often post reprints as I much prefer my own monthly commentary. However, this is a great quick read and reminder of how providing care can crowd out other important areas of life.

Morning: Getting off to work. The average family caregiver is a working mother of school-aged children. Mornings become a tricky balancing act of getting the kids ready for school, making sure your loved one has what they need for the day before getting yourself out the door for work.

All Day Long: Managing medications. Up to 70% of the time, the family caregiver – not the patient –manages the medications. The more serious the condition, the more likely it is that the family caregiver manages the medications for the patient. This means ensuring your loved one is taking their medication correctly and maintaining an up-to-date medication list.

During the Workday: Juggling caregiving and work. Six out of 10 family caregivers work full- or part-time in addition to juggling their caregiving responsibilities at home. And most of them say they have to cut back on working hours, take a leave of absence, or quit their job entirely.

Evening: Family time and meal time. Ensuring that you get proper nutrition will help you maintain strength, energy, stamina, and a positive attitude. Nutrition is as important for you as the caregiver as it for your loved one. Caregiving affects the whole family.

Late at Night: Taking time for yourself. Late at night might be the only time you get a few minutes for yourself. Make sure you take time to rest and recharge. The chance to take a breather and re-energize is vital in order for you to be as good a caregiver tomorrow as you were today.

The Middle of the Night: Emergency room visits. Have you ever had to take your loved one to the emergency room in the middle of the night? Be prepared ahead of time with what you need to know and what you need to have with you.

Source: Reprint from

Thank you to the great info and resources from Caregiver Action Network (CAN) that illustrate the challenges that family caregivers face day and night.

In recognition of National Family Caregivers Month, I encourage you to find a way to recognize the caregivers in your life. It could be as simple as making a phone call to touch in, dropping off a meal or in the case of a workplace colleague, taking time to simply ask how they’re doing.

As always, if you have thoughts about what it’s like to navigate the modern day workplace, managing family caregiving employees, or managing a career while taking care of a sick or aging parent, I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment, or email me privately at

Sarabeth Persiani

Sarahbeth Persiani is the author of Run, Walk, Crawl- A Caregiver Caught Between Generations. For five years, Sarahbeth was the primary caregiver for her Father, who had dementia, while working full-time and taking care of her own family. As the founder of We Are Sharing the Sun, her focus these days is to help companies create a supportive culture for family caregivers and provide education, support and encouragement for working professionals who are themselves in the sandwich squeeze.