In 2019, employers will face a workforce with unique challenges and support needs. Seven out of ten caregivers work full time or part time, and it’s time for corporate America to offer additional support as swathes of their employees of every generation step up to provide care for their aging loved ones. Caregiving benefits have grown in recent years, but there’s still more work to do. From flex
Looking to provide better care for your caregivers in 2019? These are the top three needs that caregiving employees listed as priorities for their caregiving wish list, and what you can do to help:
Flexible Leave Policies
The FMLA provides a significant amount of flexibility for caregivers, but only larger companies and public institutions are legally required to provide FMLA benefits. Employers that offer FMLA benefits for employees that have worked for at least 1,250 hours of the past 12 months can offer up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave, either all at once or on an hourly basis as needed. A smaller company that does not or cannot provide FMLA benefits could offer flexible working hours to accommodate for doctors’ appointments or other caregiving responsibilities.
Access To Digital Caregiving Tools And Resources
There are several excellent services for managing an employee’s caregiving responsibilities digitally, and often the employer is able to pay for this service. These tools can help caregivers navigate the healthcare system, schedule appointments, and even connect with others for additional support from those going through the same things. Having all your data in one place can be invaluable for a caregiver and can reduce overall caregiving stress. More information on digital tools for employers can be found here. In addition to technological support, however, it is important to remember that this does not eliminate the need for human support, so many employers often offer access to a third-party care coordinator in addition to a digital management tool.
Caregiver Support Services
Many unpaid caregivers feel extremely overwhelmed by their caregiving responsibilities, making caregiver support services a very real need. Stressed-out, anxious, and depressed caregivers are common, and many would benefit from services like mental health counseling, consultation services, or simply a family helper who could help lighten the burden of tasks on the caregiver, from running errands to driving to appointments. Making sure caregivers receive care as well is one of the least common benefits currently offered, but perhaps one of the most important.
MIR Senior Care Management & Care Consultants is committed to providing the best support for caregivers. If you need more suggestions on how to make your workplace caregiver-friendly, or are looking for additional caregiving resources, we can help. Whether you’re looking for support groups, care facilities, or in-home support, we have the resources you need. Contact us today for the support you’ve been looking for.