Balancing Your Work life with a Duty of Care: The Key Points to Keep in Mind


Posted on: 21 November 2014 by William Freddy Hope

I had experience of my sister going into care so thought I would share this. I hope you find it interesting.

Whatever career path you choose, the journey towards professional attainment can be an extremely challenging one. Depending on the nature of your industry and the precise level of advancement that you aspire to achieve, career success demands single minded determination and a willingness to prioritize the needs of the workplace above everything else.


While a single minded and determined approach may be easily achievable for young professionals, however, it becomes increasingly difficult with age and the many responsibilities that it brings. If you have a duty of care for an elderly relative, for example, there is a pressing need to find a rewarding work-life balance.


How to Achieve the Balance between Professional Success and a Duty of Care


The well-being of the elderly and the infirm has been widely reported this week, after the falling standards at a specialist residential care home in Peterborough hit the news and forced the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to take urgent action. With this in mind, you will need to think hard about how best to take care of your elderly loved ones without being forced to compromise your career. Consider the following: -


1.      Consider the Fundamental Aspects of Elder Care Planning


Before you commit to a long lasting duty of care, it is crucial to understanding the fundamental requirements involved. Effective elder care planning is crucial to guaranteeing a good quality of life for your loved ones, as it enables you to create a financial budget and select the most suitable living arrangements. The key aspect is to determine whether or not your relative requires in-house care or the benefits of an assisted living facility, and this will depend almost entirely on their level of physical, mental or social ability. Once this has been ascertained and a decision has been reached with the patient’s best interests in mind, you can begin to assess costs and make more concrete plans.


2.      Take Practical steps to Deliver Quality Care Levels


Whether you choose to move your elderly relative into your home or a residential facility, you retain a duty of care for their welfare and well-being. Regardless of the individual package of care that you implement, you will still need to balance the demands of your career alongside maintaining your loved one’s quality of life. If they live with you, for example, you will need to monitor the treatment of your relative to ensure that they are comfortable and free from anxiety, while also ensuring that you are adequately trained in compliance with UK care standards. If they move into a residential facility, however, then you must commit to making regular visits for the duration of their stay. There is also a pressing need to ensure that the facilities in question are aligned with current CQC standards, as the failure of a home to comply indicates that it may not be suitable.


While it may be difficult to pursue a career while also providing adequate care for an elderly loved one, this can be achieved so long as you are focused, knowledgeable and able to implement practical steps. Beyond this, you must also be aware of the existing CQC standard of care, as this will help you to select a viable assisted living facility or deliver care independently.

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