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Elder Care Leave Policies in the American Workplace

elder care leave policyMaternity leave and child care are common reasons for employees to be absent from work, and in fact, many employers have policies in place around these needs for family leave. However, with a growing number of professionals in the “Sandwich Generation,” that is, caring for both children and their elderly parents, it is important that businesses and employees also be on the same page when it comes to leave required to care for an elderly loved one.

A recent article by Howard Levitt in the Financial Post online highlighted the case of Francis Devaney, a 25-year-employee of Zeidler Partner Architects was a trusted member of the staff – and a top performer to boot – putting in over 1,000 hours of overtime in a single year as the principal in charge of the Downtown Toronto Trump Towers project. However, as the primary caregiver for his mother, who suffered from severe osteoarthritis, Devaney spent many of his hours outside of the office, communicating by phone, email and laptop at all hours of the day and night while simultaneously assisting his mother.

While Devaney felt his job was secure, and his performance excelled, supervisors were discouraged by a perceived lack of “face time” and he was eventually fired due to his inability to be present at work during core business hours – when he was also needed to care for his mother. Eventually, Devaney moved forward with a complaint to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal based on discrimination due to family status. His claim was won – highlighting the need for employers to have elder care policies in place and bringing to light the struggles of working family caregivers the world over.

Home Care Software’s Ability to Aid Family Caregivers
While Devaney was able to conduct much of his work virtually, it eventually led to him losing his job, and many positions don’t allow for such flexibility. One solution for caregivers in this position is the integration of care from a home care provider that utilizes a home care system or home care software, like ClearCare, to manage their operations.

With the combination of a trusted professional caregiver, and secure log-ins to the agency’s home care software or home care system, working caregivers can focus on duties at the office while also being able to check in on the care of a loved one at any time. And for caregivers that work in the field, a home care software or home care system, such as ClearCare, that offers mobile log-in abilities for family members can be a life saver.

Balancing the juggling act of work and personal life is a struggle for people of all ages and walks of life. However, family caregivers may have one of the most difficult juggling acts between caregiving and career responsibilities. While it may not always work out, home care managed by ClearCare’s industry-leading home care software and home care system may help caregivers maintain the balance they need to succeed at work and home.

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