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Family Caregivers in the Workplace

Posted on: April 5th, 2013 by Kim McCreery No Comments

 

National studies report:

• 44.4 million Americans—21% of the adult population—are caregivers to older relatives or friends. 60% of these caregivers are employed

• Family caregivers provide more than 80% of all home care services

• Of today’s family caregivers, 40% provide some level of nursing support

These trends result in the demand for workplace eldercare programs. According to a recent SHRM survey, elder care referrals are offered by 39% of companies with 2,501 to 5,000 employees, and by 31% of companies with more than 5,000 employees.

What are the employee problems?

• Coming to work late/leaving work early

• Increased absenteeism and workday interruptions, with an average of 166 lost hours of productivity per employee

• Taking unpaid leaves of absence or using personal or sick days to provide care

• Refusing relocation or work-related travel

• Refusing overtime work or new assignments

• Increased healthcare benefit utilization because often they end up more sick than the person for whom they are providing care (in fact, according to a University of Pittsburgh study, caregiver mortality rates are 63% above that of non-caregivers)

• 20% will quit their jobs to provide care full time

What are the greatest needs for working caregivers?

• Flexibility in work schedules

• Information about services and aging in general

• Support from coworkers and supervisors

• Help in making decisions about care options and related issues

If you are or know of a family caregiver who is struggling to manage work and family, contact At Home Solutions. We can help with respite (relief care), information about community resources, and much more.

Kim

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