Welcome to WorkingDaughter.com, a site that offers information and support for caregivers. Are you struggling to care for an elderly parent or relative, hold down a job, and raise a family? Are you looking for resources to help with balancing family and career, manage estate planning, tackle financial planning, evaluate long-term care solutions and negotiate work flex options? Have you been searching for real world, practical answers on how to work with siblings, balance your time and have difficult conversations with your parents? Do you just need some support? You are not alone. Read this.
I needed all of the above, and when crisis struck, I had to get answers – fast. In three months my parents were in four different hospitals, three different assisted living facilities and a hospice home. I went to I don’t know how many doctor’s appointments, heard two terminal diagnosis, met with four different attorneys, cosigned two DNRs and tackled one Veteran’s benefit form – all while trying to maintain my career and be a mother to my children. I consumed more white wine and Twizzlers than I care to count.
Now I want to share what I learned with other women. I know from first-hand experience that there is indeed a caregiver’s gain, and with planning and support, woman can realize the positive benefits of caregiving and not only survive the caregiving years – but learn to thrive.
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I am a working daughter and working mother living in the sandwich and committed to helping other women as they balance their many roles in life. A recognized expert on balancing eldercare and career, I’ve written about the issue in The Atlantic, Time, and Next Avenue. I’ve been interviewed about the topic on WNYC, and many other radio shows and podcasts.
I am also the author of the book Mogul, Mom & Maid: The Balancing Act of the Modern Woman. In 2009, I started the blog HelloLadies.com which I ran until 2015. Hello Ladies was named a top 100 website for women by Forbes, a Best of the Net by Working Mother Magazine and a BlogHer Voice of the Year. For more about me visit www.liz-odonnell.com.
To reach me, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you.