Finding Long-Term Assistance for the Working Caregiver
February 5, 2018
Exploring available resources helps navigate long-term care planningWorking caregivers experience many challenges while trying to maintain a healthy balance between work and life. They manage two full-time jobs: taking care of a loved one, while also working full-time and attending to their own daily family lives. Many still worry about how they will continue to manage all of their work and personal responsibilities. Much of the caregiving challenge lies understanding these diseases, like Dementia as well as in the unknown and the unexpected. When a long-term plan is in place and you find a team that supports your caregiving responsibilities, life can be much less stressful.
Caregiving Hours per WeekFamily caregivers spend an average of 24.4 hours per week providing care. Nearly 1 in 4 caregivers spends 41 hours or more per week providing care. [National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. (2015). Caregiving in the U.S.]
Managing Caregiving While WorkingMany working caregivers are put in challenging positions with having to rearrange work schedules, decrease work hours, and take unpaid leave to keep up with caregiver needs. Unfortunately, some even have to leave their current jobs to find a company that offers caregiving resources as a part of their benefits package.
Impact on Working CaregiversThe impact caregiving has on most working adults is substantial. Setting a goal to achieve a balance between caregiving, work and personal life, you can establish a happier, longer term solution. Knowing that many of the practical concerns have been set in advance can be a big relief. Caregivers tend to be natural helpers and are sometimes at risk for overextending their physical, mental or financial health. Seeking guidance before a care crisis happens can help diffuse the situation and provide immediate solutions for your family. At some point, it might be time to evaluate if you might need a long-term solution for senior housing.
- 70% of working caregivers suffer work-related difficulties due to their dual roles. Many caregivers feel they have no choice about taking on caregiving responsibilities (49%). This sense of obligation is even higher in caregivers that provide 21 or more hours of care per week (59%) and live-in caregivers (64%). 60% of caregivers in 2015 were employed at one point while also caregiving. [National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. (2015). Caregiving in the U.S.
Seek Professional GuidanceOasis Senior Advisors can help find alternative solutions for caregivers. We personalize the caregiving journey and make the transition process easier by finding the right community and care. Our Advisors understand how to guide you through a wide-variety of personal situations and give you a real-world roadmap. We work with Assisted Living, Independent Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing Homes, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care. One of the benefits in utilizing the services of Oasis Senior Advisors is that our assistance is always free.
Employer Assistance for the Working CaregiverA service such as Oasis Senior Advisors is beneficial for the older adult and the caregiver, but is further expanded when employers become part of the support system. Just as employers provide consultations on health or mental wellness, companies like AARP and Cleveland Clinic are adding caregiving aid to their compensation package. Providing even more potential assistance would be for employers to supply a free personalized caregiving plan like Oasis Senior Advisors. With more employees requesting this benefit, the more likely companies will be to offer it as a part of their plan.
Best Practices for Equal Employment for the Working Caregiver
- A 2011 Gallup poll suggests that employers should provide the following:
- An employee assistance plan to promote discussions about emotional distress experienced by the working caregiver;
- Access to health counselors or “ask a nurse” for information on the care receiver’s condition;
- ○ Access to counselors or others to make referrals and give advice about assisted living or nursing homes. [Gallup-Healthways. (2011). Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Survey: Caregiving Costs U.S. Economy $25.2 Billion in Lost Productivity.]