One in six Americans have some sort of caregiving responsibility, yet their employers do little to support them. That’s costing the company money.
It’s no surprise that many people prefer to age safely at home. But, let’s be frank about what this requires: in most instances, it’s assistance from family members who are already stretched thin on time due to competing responsibilities of parenting, household management, and work.
Sure, hired help is available, but most families find it unaffordable or overwhelming. As an example, the market rate in New York City for geriatric care management—a high-touch care-coordination service for those looking to age in place—is $180 per hour.
There are less costly services and technologies aimed at supporting family caregivers in narrow areas of need (i.e., cooking, transportation, legal, etc.). But that’s part of the problem. The sheer number of options is overwhelming to the point of choice paralysis.
One in six employed Americans is currently caring for an aging or ill family member, according to a Gallup poll. Whether or not you agree that employers (versus the government) should fund social services for employees, in the case of employee-caregivers, they have an economic incentive to do so. Many employee-caregivers report having to choose between being a good employee and being a good child.
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