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Sons in the Workplace: The Role of Male Caregivers

"Ted" - one of three adult sons - had a stressful career as a newspaper copy editor with limited time to help care for his elderly mother, who lived three hours from his home.

Business Benefits to a Flexible Workplace for Family Caregivers

Employers give a variety of reasons for implementing employee and family assistance initiatives. According to the 2016 National Study of Employers (NSE) released by SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management), those reasons range from retaining employees (the top reason) to it's the right thing to do.

CBS' Employee Benefits Help Ensure Working Caregivers' Peace of Mind

One of the most valuable employee eldercare benefits offered to working family caregivers at the mass media company CBS could be peace of mind, noted Vice President of Human Resources Specialty Services Michelle Martin.

10 Ways Family Caregivers Can Feel Empowered at Work

Is there a stigma around family caregivers of older adults? Drew Holzapfel from ReACT (Respect a Caregiver’s Time) points out that senior caregiving issues often are not accepted like child-care issues and might even be stigmatized.

When Christy Ran out of PTO (Paid Time Off), Her Dad Died Alone

With a family of her own to care for and a full-time job, Christy still found time to make frequent trips to see her father who was living several hours from her in another part of her state. After a second stroke, her dad was admitted to a skilled nursing community a bit closer -- 62 miles from Christy's home.

Caregiver Friendly Business Practices

"Each day, all across North America, franchise owners and their CAREGivers see the strain that family caregiving is placing on individuals who are trying to do their best to work and care for aging loved ones. It's a balancing act that often leaves employers and employees frustrated. Our hope is to encourage both to look for ways to make family caregiving a win-win in the workplace."

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. The 2011 Wellbeing of Working American Caregivers study, conducted by Gallup and sponsored by Pfizer, revealed that working family caregivers have a 25 percent higher incidence of high blood pressure.

10 Benefits Working Caregivers Want (and Need)

Shelley," a 51-year-old single mother who raised three children on her own, including a son who survived cancer, also cared for her father and mother before they died. Despite receiving a medical assisting certification and a nine-month computer programming degree, she was laid off from her job in 2008 and has not been able to find work since. She currently is on disability as a result of a childhood back injury that has worsened.

Conversation Starters: How to Talk to Your Employer About Your Caregiver Support Needs

Caring for your dad is becoming more difficult. You're exhausted and struggling to keep up with your workload. Maybe it's impacting multiple areas of your life and job.

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 the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index surveys released in 2011, caregiving costs the U.S. economy $25.2 billion in lost productivity.

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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 Deb Norman at dnorman@homeinsteadinc.com about the Help for Working Caregivers® program.

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