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Caregiving information for workplaces

Caregivers often balance multiple roles and responsibilities. Learn more about how employers can support caregivers in the workplace.
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Quick Stats: Caregivers in the workforce

+50% of employed caregivers work full-time [2]
69% of working caregivers report having to rearrange their work schedule, decrease their hours, or take an unpaid leave [1]

 

 

 

Nationally, caregivers make up more than 15% of the workforce. [3]
42% of Gen Xers and 33% of baby boomers are “sandwich generation” caregivers who care for children and aging parents at the same time. [3]

How employers can support working caregivers

A growing number of employers recognize the significant responsibilities that caregiving places on their workforce, and they are finding creative ways to support their caregiving employees including:

Category Example Services
Flexibility and Paid Time Off
  • Flexible hours/scheduling
  • Work from home
  • Paid leave
  • Sick, vacation or personal days
  • Personal time off banks
Care Delivery Services
  • Emergency back-up care/respite
  • Onsite or subsidized adult day care
  • Care coordination/health navigation
  • Caregiving digital tools and services
  • Health Savings Account or Dependent Care Flexible Savings
Information, Education and Consultation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and/ or Work-Life Program
  • Phone consultations with HR or caregiver specialist
  • Intranet portal
  • Workshops or webinars
  • Onsite or virtual consultation and counseling
  • Legal or financial advice
Caregiver Health and Wellness
  • Support groups/ networks
  • Stress reduction or self-care programs
Supportive Culture
  • Visible commitment by leadership and management
  • Ongoing communication and marketing
  • Internal research/ surveys to document need
  • Commitment to continuous improvement

 

What Massachusetts is doing to encourage age-friendly workplaces

Through the Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts, the Commonwealth is looking at ways to encourage age-friendly workplaces that support caregivers. Visit their website for more information

Quick Stats: Caregivers in the workforce is found at:

[1] AARP Public Policy Institute. Valuing the Invaluable: 2011 Update. (2011)

[2] National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP.  Caregiving in the US. (2015)

[3] NextAvenue. Caregiving is a Corporate Issue. (2014)

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