A Snapshot: What Working Family Caregivers Need

Denise

A Snapshot: What Working Family Caregivers Need

Denise
classroom-381900_640Last summer, I participated in a Personal Growth fair sponsored by a local company and held for its employees. I exhibited at the fair, sharing information about Caregiving.com and our weekly family caregiver care plans.

I also asked employees who care for a family member or friend to complete a short survey which asked them, What solution do you need?

Survey participants selected which of the following solutions would help them, choosing as many as they wanted:

A way to get my family members to doctors appointments without taking time off from work.


A way to get to work on time because a family member needs my help and care in the morning.


A way to get my work done during my family members' health care crises, including hospitalizations.


A way to plan for my future while caring for my family.


A way to manage my stress and worry related to caring and helping my family members.


All of the above.


The top answers to the survey were:

1. A way to manage my stress and worry related to caring and helping my family members.

2. A way to plan for my future while caring for my family.

3. All of the above.

The good news is that many employers have resources already available to help employees manage their stress and worry. Benefits through an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Work/Life Programs focus on helping family caregivers put solutions into place to help cope with stress and worry. And, smaller companies which can't offer help through an EAP can still communicate resources which help their stressed-out employees. I think the key is communicating that the resources help those employees who care for a family member or friend. It's important that employees understand that the resources can help them.

What do you think? Which solution would help you?

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