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When Work Works for You: Identifying What Support You Need as a Working Family Caregiver

You thought that caring for children was a challenge. They’re grown now, but you may be feeling that same work-family tug in looking after your senior loved one. You’re not alone.

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.

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.

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. “The demands were so great and, quite honestly, my job didn’t allow for me to take off time. Care mostly fell to my sister-in-law, who lived in the same community.”

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.

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.

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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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