Sandwiched: When Caring for Parents Becomes a Workplace Issue

Assistance for the Sandwich Generation

Statistics show that increasingly more employees are also family caregivers for their aging parents. Businesses are reporting lost productivity, increased healthcare utilization and employee turnover. With the graying of the Boomer generation, these trends pose an urgent need for businesses to plan for the needs of their working family caregivers. Call Relevar today to learn about our eldercare services and educational workshops.

Web Resources:

Click the links below to access resource websites to learn more about family caregivers in the workplace and the benefits of eldercare programs.

Why is Elder Care an Important Workplace Issue?
The information on this document is provided by the Sloan Work and Family Research Network at Boston College and covers statistics and reports on how elder care is affecting the workplace.

CBS News Video Reports on Employees and Elder Care
View this short CBS video on how companies lose billions of dollars a year when employees miss work to take care of their loved ones. Some employers are acting to ease the burden and boost their bottom line.

The Evercare Survey of the Economic Downturn and its Impact on Family Caregiving
Evercare and the National Alliance for Caregiving completed this survey which acknowledges that family caregivers are especially vulnerable during uncertain economic times as they struggle to maintain their own financial stability as well as continue to provide quality care to their loved ones.

Caring Connections
Caring Connections, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, provides an assortment of information on improving end-of-life care.

Government Benefits
Look here for eligibility of government benefits and get contact info for the programs you're interested in. Fill out the questionnaires to ensure that you're not missing anything.

American Association of Daily Money Managers
Especially helpful for long-distance caring of parents, this site provides access to a daily money manager that will pay bills, make deposits, process insurance claims and handle other financial tasks that Mom and Dad may no longer be up to doing.

Free Tax Counseling for the Elderly
Tax-Aide, courtesy of the AARP, offers free income tax preparation tips, advice and resources from an army of volunteers year round.

Medicare
This government site for people who qualify for Medicare is easier to navigate and more useful than the official site of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (cms.hhs.gov). It offers an interactive tool for comparing Medicare prescription drug plans and tips for lowering costs in the coverage gap known as the doughnut hole.