Depending on the condition of your parent, you may be able to leave for work as you normally do or you may need to be available at intervals to provide care and support. Caring for an elderly parent is not as easy as caring for a child. Most likely, you will not be able to bring your parent along when you want to go out for an activity. You have to prepare yourself for the eventual 24/7 caregiver role. Having siblings, relatives, and friends willing to help and offer relief time is important to your health and well-being. You can only offer good care when you have taken good care of yourself.