“The caregiving workforce is this invisible army that we have, that we’re slowly starting to appreciate. And part of it is just that they don’t often complain. So many times the biggest issue for a caregiver isn’t just trying to take care of their loved one after they fall, after a long term illness, it’s how to do that and juggle their job.” — Debra Whitman, Executive Vice President Policy, Strategy and International Affairs, AARP
According to AARP 74 percent) of adults with eldercare responsibilities have worked at a paying job at some point during their caregiving experience. Nearly one in four (22 percent) middle-aged and older workers (ages 45 to 64) — typically caring for a parent — report being family caregivers: the largest of any age group in the labor force.
If you think this is not affecting your bottom line-think again! The cost of Elder Care to your employees and your company is astounding. Having an Employee Elder Care Benefit Program benefits everyone!
Replacement Costs for Employees who Leave the Workplace Absenteeism Costs Costs Due to Partial Absenteeism Costs Due to Workday Interruptions Costs Due to Crisis in Care Costs Due to Supervision Costs Associated with Unpaid Leave Costs Associated with Reducing Hours from Full-Time to Part-Time
Solutions That Make a Difference
Discover Your Options- A Lunch and Learn program to help employees learn about the many different options in long term care for an aging parent or other loved one. When you are educated about the options available you are able to make a more effective decision.
Panel Discussions - I will put together a panel of experts to speak to your employees about Elder Care solutions. Your panel may include Elder Law Attorney, Long Term Care Funding Options, Home Care and Home Health, Geriatric Care Manager, Alzheimer's or Dementia Expert and more.
Educational Table at Your Health Fair - Bring us in to offer educational materials. When caregivers have options their stress decreases.
I have written several books that may be helpful to an employee going through this challenge. Help! My Parent's Are Aging and Help! I Can't Do This Alone are the two most popular and can be purchased in bulk for employees.