Elder Care and the Workplace

Elder Care and the Workplace

Compiled by Sarah Morrison


Topic Page Advisor:
Ann Bookman

A Sloan Network Fact Sheet on Elder Care (2008)

The Sloan Work and Family Research Network has prepared Fact Sheets which provide statistical answers to some important questions about work-family and work/life issues.

Click here to download the Sloan Network Fact Sheet on Elder Care at the Workplace: https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/ElderCare.pdf

Family Caregiving and the Older Worker (2009)

Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College. (2009). Family caregiving and the older worker. Retrieved from http://agingandwork.bc.edu/documents/FS02_FamilyCaregiving_2009-12-10.pdf

This fact sheet provides information on the growing trend of older workers who must provide care for a parent, spouse, or dependent child. It explores how financial responsibilities and caretaking duties can adversely affect the older worker’s career--often forcing them to reduce the number of hours they work or drop out of the workforce entirely. 

Effective Workplace Series (EWS), 2007, Issue 10: Elder Care

By: Judi Casey, MSW and Sarah Morrison

The Effective Workplace Series (EWS) was designed to provide a summary of the Sloan Network's topic pages.

To access this document (PDF), click here: https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/EWS10_ElderCare.pdf

Balancing Work and Caregiving (n.d.)

AARP. (n.d.).  Balancing work and caregiving. Washiington, DC: Author. Retrieved February 22, 2007, from http://www.aarp.org/money/careers/flexiblework/a2003-10-27-caregiving-balancingwork.html.

“Nearly 22 million American workers are caregivers for their parents or loved ones. They care a lot about their jobs. They also take their family commitments seriously. Naturally, family caregiving sometimes interferes with workplace responsibilities. Despite this, a recent study of the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP found that most employers are sympathetic to these caregiving demands. However, many workers are reluctant to be open with their supervisors about their caregiving responsibilities. They fear it will affect their job security or career prospects.”

To access this document, click here:  http://www.aarp.org/money/careers/flexiblework/a2003-10-27-caregiving-balancingwork.html

To learn more about AARP, click here: http://www.aarp.org/ 

Women and Caregiving (2003)

National Center on Caregiving. (2003). Fact sheet: Women and caregiving: Facts and figures. San Francisco, CA: Family Caregiver Alliance. Retrieved February 22, 2007, from http://caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/pring_friendly.jsp?nodeid=892.

“Within our complex system of long-term care, women’s caregiving is essential in providing a backbone of support… Women provide the majority of informal care to spouses, parents, parents-in-law, friends and neighbors, and they play many roles while caregiving - hands-on health provider, care manager, companion, surrogate decision-maker and advocate.”

To access this document, click here: http://caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=892

How to Confront the Elder Care Challenge (2007)

Dobkin, L. (2007, April). How to confront the elder care challenge. Workforce Management Online. Retrieved April 18, 2007, from http://www.workforce.com/section/09/feature/24/85/10/index.html

"The cost to U.S. business from the lost productivity of employees caring for elderly family members is more than $33 billion per year. Experts say the companies that will thrive in the future will adapt to this reality by implementing or strengthening HR policies and practices that improve both the bottom line and the lives of employee caregivers."

To access this document, click here:  http://www.workforce.com/section/09/feature/24/85/10/index.html

Working Caregivers: Finding a Balance (2004)

National Family Caregiver Support Program Resources. (2004). Working caregivers: Finding a balance. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging. Retrieved March 28, 2007, from http://www.aoa.gov/press/nfc_month/2004/fact_sheets/Fact%20Sheet%20-%20Employed%20Caregivers%20in%20Template%20with%20pic%202.pdf

“Two-thirds of caregivers in the United States work outside of the home. This creates a unique challenge for both working caregivers and their employers. Juggling caregiving and work-related responsibilities is not easy and some caregivers find it necessary to turn down job opportunities, quit their jobs, or take early retirement. Employers face the costs of replacing valuable employees. By working together, employees and employers can create a workplace environment that is productive and meets everyone’s needs.”

To access this document (PDF): http://www.aoa.gov/press/nfc_month/2004/fact_sheets/Fact%20Sheet%20-%20Employed%20Caregivers%20in%20Template%20with%20pic%202.pdf

To learn more about the Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging:  http://www.aoa.gov

Employers Expand Elder-Care Benefits (2006)

McQueen, M. P. (July, 2006). Employee expanded elder-care benefits. [Electronic version]. The Wall Street Journal, Retrieved May 14, 2007, from http://www.careerjournal.com/salaryhiring/hotissues/20060728-mcqueen.html.

"M.P. McQueen describes how more companies are offering time off, insurance, and home aides to caregivers to reduce employee absenteeism."

To access this document, click here: http://www.careerjournal.com/salaryhiring/hotissues/20060728-mcqueen.html

Elder Caregiving Fact Sheet (2006)

McNamara, T., Healey, P., Kane, K., & Tulshan, R. (October, 2006). Elder caregiving. Chestnut Hill, MA: The Center on Aging and Work at Boston College. Retrieved May 15, 2007, from http://agingandwork.bc.edu/documents/FS02_ElderCaregiving.pdf.

"As the number of frail elderly in the population continues to climb, employers may want to devote additional attention to their employees’ elder caregiving responsibilities."

To access this document (PDF), click here: http://agingandwork.bc.edu/documents/FS02_ElderCaregiving.pdf

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