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The Cost of Caregiving to Businesses

The National Caregivers Library published an article discussing the impact of caregiving on a business owner.

We often think about the pressures and stress for the caregiver but look at these statistics found in their research.

Recruitment, Retention and Training

At any given time, more than 20% of the workforce is dealing with a caregiving situation.

  • 33% of caregivers decrease the number of hours they work
  • 29% quit their job or retire early
  • 22% take a leave of absence
  • 20% change their job status or go part-time

Lost Productivity

  • 53% of caregivers admit that their job performance is negatively affected
  • 84% make caregiving related phone calls during business hours
  • 68% arrive late or leave early
  • 67% take time off from work during the day


Increased Healthcare Cost

Even when your employees are caring for someone not covered by your health plan, YOUR healthcare cost can go up.

  • 75% of working caregivers report an adverse affect on their own health
  • 50% report 8 additional visits per year to a health care provider (for themselves) as a result of their caregiving responsibilities
  • 22% report a significant impact on their own health

If you’re an employer who employs those who are also caregivers, read more at http://www.caregiverslibrary.org/for-employers.aspx.

Caring for Caregiver during National Family Caregivers Month and Beyond

Even though November has been designated as National Family Caregivers month, taking care of the caregiver is something that needs to be front-of-mind year ‘round.  Because caregivers can typically be juggling so many items – work, family obligations and their aging parents – equipping the seniors’ home with a medical alert system can offer the caregiver peace of mind beyond compare.

Caregivers provide help with in-home health care, errands, housekeeping and transporting senior family members to and from doctor visits. Because there are so many demands placed on caregivers, they are prone to suffer from anxiety, illness and depression. Regardless of whether your loved one is ill or simply is an aging arent who wants to age at home, it is a daunting task. Here are some steps to take to help take care of the caregiver:

  1.  Ask for help. Simply because the aging or ill care recipient is your family member doesn’t mean you have to do everything on your own. Look for volunteers to come to the house and help with weekly housekeeping or grocery shopping, take turns with a friend or another family member for taking the family member to doctor’s visits. See if there are outside activities in which your family members can become involved – events at senior centers for example.
  2. Build a network of support. While your siblings may not offer to help with caring for your aging parents, chances are they will offer help if you ask. If either of your senior parents suffers from any particular illness or disease, look into support groups. Talk to a local area agency on aging for support services that are provided. A support network can include equipping your loved ones home with a medical alert system, one of the best types of support systems as it gives the aging parent a way to have immediate access to medical care in the event of a medical emergency or a trip or fall. Having the medical alert pendants offers the caregiver the peace of mind in knowing that the systems are monitored 24/7.
  3. Take daily breaks. You need to take some time for yourself, even if it’s simply going to a coffee shop to relax and read a newspaper. Go out for lunch, take a walk in the park…take a break to recharge your batteries.
  4. Don’t neglect your own health. If you’re not feeling well you can’t be your best for anyone. See
    your doctor if you need help with your health. Take a day off if you’re not feeling well. Also talk with your doctor if the stress of caregiving is taking its toll.
  5. Look for resources. Many insurance providers or local aging agencies offer resources for individuals who are dealing with a senior loved one. Call your aging adults’ insurance provider and check on local resources.

Baby boomers are straddling the line between seeing their own children move out of the home but now being faced with taking care of their aging parents and it can be mentally and physically exhausting. Caregivers need to care for themselves as well as their loved ones.

Caregiving can be rewarding

In this blog our goal is to be a great resource to the millions of caregivers out there and offer helpful advice and assistance to them during this time. We often talk about the stresses and the difficulties associated with caregiving and how you can overcome these obstacles to better not only your life but the life of the loved ones you care for.  Being a caregiver can also be very rewarding and these feelings can sometimes outweigh the negative feelings of caregiving.

There’s no doubt that caring for a loved one can be difficult at times. You might feel stressed and over burdened sometimes but there are also some major positives of the job. In a 2007 survey on family caregiving most family caregivers feel more positive about their experiences than they did before they took on the responsibility. There is a significant difference in expectations prior to becoming a caregiver and the actual experience. 60% of family caregivers reported their experience was very or extremely rewarding. That percentage is a huge jump from the 10% who said the same before they took on the responsibility of caregiving.

A lot of caregivers experience a rewarding feeling from caring for the ones they love and giving them the help they need. Caregivers also get a chance to know their loved ones on a whole different level than they ever did before both mentally and emotionally. Most caregivers also experience a stronger bond and relationship with the loved ones they care for. The chance to build a stronger relationship with your loved one and having the
gratification of knowing that the work you’re doing is greatly improving your loved ones quality of life can be an extremely rewarding experience.

Many caregivers say that their experience gave them the opportunity to learn more about life and also more about themselves. Caregivers have the opportunity to really get some very valuable lessons from the job and these life experiences will help you for the rest of your life.

As you take on this new role of caregiving, or if you’re already an active caregiver, sit back and consider some of the benefits gained from this experience.

Caregiving can be rewarding

In this blog our goal is to be a great resource to the millions of caregivers out there and offer helpful advice and assistance to them during this time. We often talk about the stresses and the difficulties associated with caregiving and how you can overcome these obstacles to better not only your life but the life of the loved ones you care for.  Being a caregiver can also be very rewarding and these feelings can sometimes outweigh the negative feelings of caregiving.

There’s no doubt that caring for a loved one can be difficult at times. You might feel stressed and over burdened sometimes but there are also some major positives of the job. In a 2007 survey on family caregiving most family caregivers feel more positive about their experiences than they did before they took on the responsibility. There is a significant difference in expectations prior to becoming a caregiver and the actual experience. 60% of family caregivers reported their experience was very or extremely rewarding. That percentage is a huge jump from the 10% who said the same before they took on the responsibility of caregiving.

A lot of caregivers experience a rewarding feeling from caring for the ones they love and giving them the help they need. Caregivers also get a chance to know their loved ones on a whole different level than they ever did before both mentally and emotionally. Most caregivers also experience a stronger bond and relationship with the loved ones they care for. The chance to build a stronger relationship with your loved one and having the
gratification of knowing that the work you’re doing is greatly improving your loved ones quality of life can be an extremely rewarding experience.

Many caregivers say that their experience gave them the opportunity to learn more about life and also more about themselves. Caregivers have the opportunity to really get some very valuable lessons from the job and these life experiences will help you for the rest of your life.

As you take on this new role of caregiving, or if you’re already an active caregiver, sit back and consider some of the benefits gained from this experience.