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10 Things Employers Can Do for Caregiving Employees

  1. Recognize the burden of balancing work and caregiving responsibilities.
  2. Adopt a corporate attitude of support for employees who are also caregivers.
  3. Ask caregiving employees what they need to meet both of their responsibilities.
  4. Educate supervisors about work management strategies for employees who have caregiving responsibilities.
  5. Look into a variety of work arrangements to customize a work environment that supports caregiving responsibilities.
  6. Review employee benefits package for additional benefits that will support caregiving employees.
  7. Connect with community resources to provide information on available services.
  8. Add caregiving resource information to your website, your intranet and your pay envelopes.
  9. Consider subsidizing the cost of geriatric care management, in-home and adult day care services.
  10. Include caregiver fairs with annual enrollment period to provide a wide range of information about available caregiving resources.

Source:
When Employees Become Caregivers, A Manager’s Workbook, available at www.aarp.org.  Published by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid in 2004.  Some information contained in the book may be out of date.

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