It’s becoming an increasingly common story – adult children becoming responsible for the care needs of their parents or aging relatives. But even though it is increasingly common, it’s not easy for many families, given the many demands on everyone’s time these days.
With as many as 40 million Americans providing care for an elderly parent, and 70% of them finding the need to make adjustments in the workplace as a result, it’s an issue for both employees and employers to bring to the forefront. If you’re in the position of family caregiver for an aging parent, and your employer is one of many who haven’t yet embraced an eldercare-friendly work environment, try some of these suggestions to get the ball rolling. If you feel it would be helpful, we would be glad to speak to them about Regency Home Care’s eldercare programs:
- Brush up on FMLA. The Family Medical Leave Act, although not applicable to all employers, provides for unpaid leaves of absence for family issues; and in some cases, the time off can be taken intermittently.
- Check on local statutes. Some cities (Atlanta, Tampa, and Milwaukee, to name a few) have implemented “family responsibility discrimination” laws.
- Join forces with coworkers. Pull together others in your organization who struggle with similar issues, and as a group, present a request for implementation of a flextime policy.
- Try an honest approach. Discuss the situation you’re facing openly and honestly with your manager to see if a compromise can be reached to allow for some flexibility in your work schedule.
- Look into the EAP. Your company’s EAP (Employee Assistance Program) may offer eldercare and other relevant resources.
As the 77 million Baby Boomers age, the need for companies to offer eldercare programs, flexible work schedules, and other amenities to attract and retain top quality employees will be magnified. And likewise, family caregivers in the workplace need to rely on the services of in-home caregivers to maintain a smooth balance between work and home. Regency Home Care can provide these services to you and your family.
Serving the northern metro Atlanta area including Buckhead, Brookhaven, Vinings, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Roswell, Marietta, Cumming and Lawrenceville, our professional nurses can evaluate your loved one’s needs through a home care assistance evaluation. We can even do an in-home safety check, to give advice on how to make the home safer, to reduce the risk of accidents. We also offer many resources to help you learn more about elder care and home health.
Contact us at 678-999-2446 or use this contact form to see how we can help you and your loved one.