This is not a simple decision to make. I made the decision to return to my parents home almost 10 years ago now to care for them.
It is not always easy to care for a parent, especially my old man since for the first two years I was here caring for them Dad would get mad and try to throw me out of the house. I finally was able to make peace with him by pointing out that I was not going away since Mom needed me and he was not able to care for her in the manner she required.
About four years ago now, Dad put himself into renal failure through the mis-management of his medications. Thankfully he recovered despite the prognosis that he would not last through the night. I was, however, forced to put him into a nursing home as he needed nursing care that I was not trained to provide and around the clock attention that was quickly depleting my physical health. It was Mom's decision as she decided she could not watch him kill me slowly.
Up until 2010 we would go visit him everyday in the nursing home. In 2010 Mom had breast cancer return from 20 years earlier only now it was bone cancer on her spine and was so painful she could not draw breath. I almost lost her, but managed to get her home again and through diet and round the clock care she is now doing very well. I opted not to tell her how painful all the doctors said this disease would be, and worked on getting her as healthy as possible with diet and carefully selected nutritional supplements. We don't get over to see Dad everyday anymore, as it is too tiring for Mom, but we do go frequently and I have never regretted my decision to move back and care for the family.
As to my career, I suppose I have just moved on to one I can work on from the computer. I am now a published author with another book coming out soon, a woman of the year award from the National Professional Women's Assoc., a quilter and have a few photography awards. I can always build another career, I cannot build another Mother or Father.