One of the biggest challenges facing workplaces today is the increasing number of employees caring for an older loved one. According to Gallup, 1 of every 6 employees is a caregiver. And it’s not just the Baby Boomers at work who are caregiving. AARP reports that 25% of all caregivers are Millennials.
Many studies suggest that caregivers have more physical and mental health problems as well as increased mortality rates if they don’t have proper support to prevent burnout. In response to this issue, savvy organizations offer employee wellness programs because they are a win-win. The employer wins because they get to keep good employees and prevent sick days, premature retirement and resignations. The win for the working caregiver is obvious—more support and less burnout.
If your organization offers services to help working caregivers, do they know about them? Has management and Human Resources made an outreach effort lately? If not, can Jenerations help you plan how to do this? For more ideas on how to support working caregivers at your organization, check out www.jenerationshealth.com.
Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.