According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, 74 percent of caregivers are also secularly employed. Thanks to the Baby Boomer generation, this percentage is only expected to increase in the coming decade. Although this number of working caregivers is significant, recent research conducted at New Mexico State University shows that employer support is quite limited.
Donna Wagner, an associate dean at NMSU’s College of Health and Social Services, states that fewer than 25 percent of companies with a large number of employees have a program in place that supports working caregivers – even though this is something that could save everyone money in the long run.
“There is good business case that could be made for providing eldercare to employees,” Wagner remarked, adding, “Eighty percent of employed caregivers make some workplace accommodations as a result of their care responsibilities – coming in late to work, leaving early or taking time off. Ten percent of employees who are providing elder care end up leaving the workplace, most of the time permanently.” Without a reliable back-up caregiver, particularly one that uses homecare software, the likelihood of an employee needed to make such adjustments is even greater.
Wagner, one of the leading experts in this field, led a research team that studied best practices in workplace eldercare. The team found that the companies that were offering workplace eldercare programs had new features such as:
- Discounted rates for emergency back-up home care
- Access to health care coaches and mentors
- Assistance with medical paperwork
- Internet-based training on specialized care
"I think this is exactly the right time for these kinds of benefits," Wagner commented. "Employers can't afford to lose and replace valuable workers. This is a time to hold on to good employees."
How ClearCare’s Homecare System Can Help
Another resource that benefits caregivers and their families is homecare software, such as provided by ClearCare. A sophisticated homecare system has been the solution for countless families who struggled to balance caregiving with secular work.
Such caregivers were being forced to cut back hours at work, refuse promotions that would mean raises, and dip into retirement funds in order to cover costs of caregiving. Taking advantage of an innovative home care system and home care software gives working caregivers the freedom to decide what they will do with their time and resources.
Working caregivers – especially ones that don’t receive sufficient support in the workplace – experience high levels of stress. With a trustworthy home care system like ClearCare, anxiety over caregiving responsibilities becomes a thing of the past. ClearCare gives families peace of mind with web-based homecare software that shows their loved one’s daily activities in real-time.
Homecare agencies that use ClearCare’s homecare system have enhanced communication between caregiver, agency, client and family members. Also featuring sophisticated task tracking and client monitoring, ClearCare’s homecare software is the ideal solution for overworked family caregivers.