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Could eldercare be the next employee benefit?

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HC Online | 11 Feb 2015, 07:53 AM Agree 0
Employers are missing a beat by not offering eldercare support perks, says one HRD – it’s time to pay attention to the ageing population.
  • Jane M Hamilton | 14 Feb 2015, 06:53 AM Agree 0
    An idea whose time has come!
  • Pat Lindstadt, Elder Care Specialist | 16 Feb 2015, 01:00 PM Agree 0
    In my mind we live in a country that offers remarkable benefits to workers, especially to professionals. I think this woman's story offers a beginning for consideration of benefits for employees caring for an aging relative: flexibility in schedule and opportunity, where possible, of telecommuting, as direct elder care is so often dependent on time and attention and "being there", especially at end of life. I think these two benefits would be very helpful to ee's when elder care becomes a need. In terms of financial compensation for time off, we are talking about a "values" issue in our society. Will these days have to fit into regular "sick" days off, or vacation days, or will US co.'s actually fund days or hours for elder care. Time will tell and the burgeoning group of people affected by the needs of aging parents and relatives may affect our thinking. Maybe employees will be able to use sick days and "caring for the elder" days interchangeably.
  • Pat Lindstadt, Elder Care Specialist | 17 Feb 2015, 11:11 AM Agree 0
    In my mind we live in a country that offers remarkable benefits to worjers, especially to professional people. I think this woman's story offers a beginning of considerations of benefits for any employee caring for an aging relative: flexibility in schedule and opportunity, where possible, of telecommuting, as direct elder care is so often dependent on time and attention and "being there", especially at end of life. I think these two benefits to employees are very important where elder care becomes a need. In terms of financial compensation for time off to give this care, we are talking about a "values" issue in our society. Will these days have to fit into regular "sick" days off, or vacation days, of will US co.'s actually fund days or hours for elder care. Time will tell and the burgeoning group of people affected by the needs of aging parents and relatives may affect our thinking. Maybe employees will be able to use sick days and "caring for the elder" days interchangeably.
  • Nancy Everitt | 16 Mar 2015, 10:38 AM Agree 0
    Agreed the time is now, employees are struggling. This solution called CAREGIVER 360 is in the marketplace called from CENTIPEDE Care Solutions. The key is market adoption by employers.
  • has j | 22 Mar 2015, 10:17 PM Agree 0
    Support comes in many forms, from an employers point of view flexible or remote working is not always an option. Support can however be provided on other elder care issues like access to impartial help and advice networks.
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