It’s not uncommon for working adults to be sandwiched between caregiving for their own children, and their parents. It’s a sensitive subject to approach with 50% of caregivers hiding their struggles and the lack of balance in their lives. From feeding their children and getting them on the bus before work, to helping their elderly parents with groceries and appointments after work, it allows for very little personal time.
What can you do as an employer?
- Get in contact with AARP, they should be able to connect you with subject matter experts and community resources
- Read the AARP caregiving resource guide on their website, it details state-specific resources
- Speak with your team about the needs of your employees and how you can adjust your benefits plan to be more flexible for caregivers
What can you do as a caregiver?
- Speak up, your employer may not know that you're experiencing difficulty with your work/life balance
- Research other companies that already have caregiver benefits in place to show your employer how the process might work