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6 Health Tips for Working Family Caregivers

If you’re caring for an aging loved one and trying to manage a job, you may have seen your own health decline, even if you’ve tried your best to stay on top of things. According to Statistics Canada’s Portrait of Caregivers, 1 in 5 caregivers said their physical and mental health suffered in the last year as a result of the responsibilities of caregiving. If you're a working family caregiver, consider the following tips.

The Forgotten Group: Young Caregivers in Canada

When it comes to talking about the caregiving landscape in Canada, young caregivers are often overlooked. Typically, we think of “the sandwich generation,” or people who are tasked with balancing care for a senior loved one with care for younger children. However, there are many young people providing care to loved ones, and they are investing a significant amount of time to the cause.

The Many Benefits of Caring for Others

Being a caregiver is one of the most important and personally rewarding roles a person will play in their lifetime. Yet, when we talk about caregiving we tend to focus on the challenges caregivers face, instead of the special, intangible benefits.

5 Ways Eldercare Could Impact Your Business

Think you can’t afford to develop family-friendly business practices for your employees who are caring for an older adult? As the latest research suggests, perhaps you can’t afford not to address these issues. According to a recent Ceridian report, caregiving costs Canadian employers an estimated $5.5 billion annually in lost productivity.

Communication Tips for Employee Eldercare Situations

As an employer, you may feel that your employee’s personal life is just that – private. But if your staffer is a family caregiver, it could be helpful to know what they are facing.

5 Signs Your Employee Needs Caregiving Support . . . and What You Can Do About It

Caring for an older adult could be taking a toll on your employee that might jeopardize productivity and risk the loss of an otherwise excellent worker. Here are five signs that caregiving could be putting your employee at risk.

Supporting Family Caregivers in the Workplace is a Good Business Practice

With an aging population, employers need to be prepared to support workers who take on caregiving responsibilities at home. According to the Institute for Research on Public Policy, nearly half of Canadians have already reported providing care at some point in their lives, and with Canada’s aging population, that number is only expected to grow.

Caregiver Friendly Business Practices

Home Instead Senior Care® has developed the following Caregiver Friendly Business Practices to encourage both employers and employees to help make family caregiving a win-win in the workplace.


A list of North American resources for the Daughters in the Workplace program.

Quiz: Can you take time off work to care for Mom?

You typically have nine months to prepare for the birth of a child, but sometimes it can feel like you have only nine seconds to prepare for a crisis with your senior loved one. Are you ready? And if you work, how will you balance it all?

Take the quiz to see how much you know about potential resources when you are working while caring for a loved one.

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  • Over the past few decades, we’ve seen increased dialogue and support for women who are navigating their careers as they raise young children. But much less attention and discussion have focused on the unique challenges that come with navigating a career when caring for aging parents. Two-thirds of all caregivers are female, and many feel that they sometimes have to choose between being a good employee and being a good daughter.

    Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, developed the Daughters in the Workplace℠ public education program offering free resources to help working family caregivers feel empowered to talk to their employers about their needs, while also identifying caregiving support that may be available. This program also provides information to help employers understand what their employees want and need as caregivers.

    If you are an HR professional interested in additional resources for working caregivers, contact Bonnie Gerber at [email protected] about the Help for Working Caregivers® program.

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