Why Employers Should Care for Caregivers


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Nearly four in ten Americans care for parents, spouses, siblings, or disabled loved ones – thousands of men and women in Bucks and Montgomery counties. While caregiving needs affects those of all ages, backgrounds, incomes, etc., more than 60% of caregivers are women.* We often hear of the physical and emotional impact that caregiving takes on these women, but we don't often discuss the economic toll. For instance, caring for another full-time often imposes a glass ceiling on women's earnings, social security benefits and career goals, as well as generating additional expenses.

 To help better understand economic burdens borne by caregivers, as well as to collaborate on much-needed remedies, a group of local employers and advocates will be participating in a panel discussion titled "The ROI of Caregiving for Caregivers" at "Who Cares? The Economics of Caregiving," a first-of-its-kind symposium for the state on Friday (Oct. 30). More specifically, the panel will discuss:

  • The impact of caregiving on caregivers
  • Potential solutions for employers to reduce absenteeism and improve productivity of employees who are caregivers, including:
    • Access to paid/unpaid vacation and sick time to use for caregiving
    • Flexible working schedules to make up lost time
    • Access to support groups or health counselors to answer questions
  • Which strategies are the most successful for business of different sizes

 I can connect you with panelist Bill Blacker, geriatric care manager and co-owner of the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise serving Bucks and Eastern Montgomery Counties, who is available to discuss how he has worked to improve workplace culture to make it friendlier for family caregivers. Or, I invite you to attend the panel, which will take place from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell.


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