Previously published in Examiner
Conclusion of the Tips for Caregivers Series
Balancing work and home is not easy; one of the factors to consider is babysitting. Every parent must decide whether to have family or another individual stay at home with the children, or if they should send the children to a daycare. If you choose a daycare center make sure the employees have undergone DNA testing for drug and alcohol abuse. Similarly, if you go through a qualified domestic childcare agency for home babysitting, you can also inquire that all drug and alcohol testing has been taking care of before that individual is sent to your home. On the other hand, if you select your own babysitter you can ask her to supply a hair DNA sample for drug testing. Home DNA tests are available for drug and alcohol testing and are simple to do. Isn’t a DNA test worth the time to give you peace of mind?
You can also have a neighbour come in and sit with your aging parent if you need to leave the house. Just because you are the primary caregiver it does not mean that you cannot go out and do things with your children and still be a family. Nor does it mean that you cannot catch a break once in awhile and take time for yourself, or go out and socialize with your friends.
A happier, healthier you will make a happier, healthier family in every sense of the word. Caregivers possibly have the hardest job on the planet, but the first thing to remember is, also be a caregiver to yourself.
Information for caregivers in the Montreal Area
Memory and Alzheimer’s Help in Montreal
Redfern Services Placement Agency
A Montreal-based agency operating nationwide, which provides childcare, elderly care, housekeepers, chauffeurs, cooks and butlers