9 benefits for caregivers
The caregiving crisis in the United States has reached a fever pitch.
In 2020, more than one in five adults served as unpaid family caregivers, according to reports from AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving. The stress of these responsibilities can seem overwhelming: 23% of Americans said caregiving diminished their health, 45% of today’s caregivers feel financial hardship, and 61% juggle work and personal responsibilities.
The weight of the pandemic, of course, has only increased the pressure, and caregivers are increasingly looking outside their home communities and turning to employers for help.
“Employers are dealing with a population that finds it easier to resign and quit the job absolutely,” says Jessica Tuman, Vice President of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Center of Excellence Enterprise & Voya Cares. “Productivity is reduced, absenteeism is increased. But there are so many ways employers can work with their employees to make sure they don’t quit. Because caregiving concerns us all.
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From case management and medical referrals to backup childcare and simple social interactions for aging loved ones, employer-provided benefits and innovative digital tools available to help ease the burden on caregivers do not miss. Here are nine to consider.