Aging Parents and Work

“They never knew when the next crisis would erupt, like when one parent began hallucinating and wanting to eat his plate.” “Samira, 38, felt guilty that she was too exhausted to read to her daughters.”

Being a product of the baby boomers will at some point make you reflect inward and wonder what to do when you are the one looking for care for an again parent. One of the big questions, what do you do when you have a full time job that is inflexible when it comes to elder-care? Many employers are accepting and understanding when it comes to children, but that is not the case when you need to run out of work because your parent can’t remember where they are and has wondered off. Studies show that as many as 40 percent of family caregivers for the elderly work in a place that is inflexible, and as a result, they are forced to reduce their hours or even quit to be able to care for their loved one. Dealing with aging parents and work is more than a full time job, and companies are starting to take notice.

“Met-Life estimates that failing to support workers with elder-care responsibilities can cost as much as $34 billion a year in lost productivity, absenteeism, disengagement, turnover and increased health-care costs.” This number may be shocking, but it is a reality. Some larger companies have taken that number, processed it, and decided to give their employees the support they are looking for, Fannie Mae being a major player.

This is a real issues that will not go away any time soon. A recent Washington post article really sheds light on the whole picture. Check it out here.

– Georgetown Home Care