One of the biggest challenges facing caregivers today is the tug-of-war feelings between work duties and caregiving obligations. It is important to remember that men are just as likely as women to provide care for an elderly parent. In fact, men are more likely than women to report facing consequences at work as a result of fulfilling their caregiving responsibilities.
Consider these statistics from a survey of working family caregivers, conducted by Home Instead, Inc.:
While the underlying cause of these trends is uncertain, it may be a result of outdated gender expectations. If you are a male caregiver feeling torn between your work and loved one, consider approaching your employer to ask what sort of assistance they may be able to provide.
Source: “Sons in the Workplace: The Role of Male Caregivers.” Caregiver Stress, www.caregiverstress.com/stress-management/daughters-in-the-workplace/role-of-male-caregivers/.