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You’re the CEO: How Would You Help Family Caregivers?

office-cubeOn Wednesday, I moderated the bi-monthly chat on Twitter I co-sponsor with Michelle Seitzer (@seniors4living). Our discussion focused on a variation of this question: How can the government, corporations and researchers help family caregivers?

Over the next few days, I’ll pose the questions to you that I asked during our chat. I’d love to know your thoughts and insights.

So, for today, here’s your question: You are the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. How would help your employees who are caring for a family member or friend?

Please share your ideas and thoughts in our comments section, below.

About Denise Brown

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I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched CareGiving.com in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues.

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    1. Do as much advance prep as possible. As part of the annual review process, gather info on what each employee’s job truly entails and the relevant skill set, to help with transitioning to an internal or external temp if necessary.

    2. Encourage a company culture of collaboration and cooperation, which could in turn open up job share opportunities. Establish a workable way to telecommute if the job allows. Maintain on-site childcare, including for those times when a parent needs to take hospital or home nursing time.

    3. Encourage employees to use the Employee Assistance Program. Use the company intranet as an online community that fosters teamwork and problem-solving within the organization, including for such times as these. A community-support intranet would also make an otherwise isolated employee still feel like part of the company even in absentia.

    4. As a highly-placed executive with high visibility, lobby publicly for expanding the FMLA.

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