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May 31, 2017

Research conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, reveals that working female caregivers of older adults are continuing to make sacrifices at home and in the workplace, in spite of feeling more support from employers.

Some have made greater sacrifices than others – leaving jobs, going back to work to support relatives, turning down opportunities to grow their careers. A few feel penalized by their employer.

The harshest workplace experiences are comparatively rare, but they also are more devastating than common experiences.

Two-thirds of all caregivers are female. And the toll of caring for an aging parent or loved one only maximizes these issues of gender parity in the workplace and in aging.

Still, no matter the gender, all working caregivers report higher levels of stress than the population overall. While differing methods preclude making a direct comparison, the data support the general expectation that caregivers experience more stress in their lives.


Click here to download the Daughters in the Workplace North American Research Report
(PDF 3.5 MB) and read the key findings, thoughts about being a caregiver, caregiving's toll on employees and the workplace, and lessons for employers.

 

 

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