A comprehensive package to address
caregiver stress in the workplace

Aging with Grace is the leading national eldercare assistance program that works with labor, management and employee-benefits consultants to address eldercare stress in the workplace. We understand the needs and objectives of all three groups and the impact that this rapidly growing problem has on the economic health of industry and businesses today.

By offering the Aging with Grace program to your employees and members, you will be taking a proactive approach and creating a win/win situation by:

  • Offering a timely value-added benefit at very low cost.
  • Reducing lost productivity and workday interruptions.
  • Lessening the effects of health issues related to caregiver stress.

More and more employers are finding that by taking care of employees' needs they are taking care of their business.
 

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Group services

Aging with Grace offers a comprehensive eldercare assistance program for working caregivers that places eldercare resources and support a phone call away. The program provides employees unlimited telephone access to eldercare experts. The eldercare experts provide clear answers to the complex questions and challenges of eldercare. The Aging with Grace website provides quick access to eldercare resources and advice at any hour of the day.

Reliable assistance by phone or online

Caregivers have telephone access to experienced eldercare advocates for assistance with immediate needs and long-term planning. 

An Online Provider Directory on the Aging with Grace website provides a searchable list of trusted providers in your local area. 

  • The Online Provider Directory can be searched by Zip code, mileage limits and by services offered. 
  • The directory includes contact information and a link to each provider's website. 
  • Discounts are available for services and programs from participating providers negotiated by Aging with Grace. 
  • Quality assurance programs guarantee member satisfaction and provider quality.

Website is one-stop, high-tech resource

The Aging with Grace website " www.agingwithgrace.net " collects vital caregiving support information in one easy-to-use Internet location. 

  • Resource hotlinks connect caregivers to the expertise of eldercare agencies and organizations ranging from the American Society on Aging to the National Family Caregivers Association " and dozens of others. 
  • Hotlinks also connect to caregiver support resources, veterans resources, Medicare information and financial, legal and health planning services.
  • A Caregiver Support Library for members offers current and timely articles on eldercare issues.
  • The complimentary Aging with Grace "Caregiver Tool Kit" is available as an easy download.
  • A monthly caregiver newsletter provides up-to-date information on eldercare topics on the website or by email.

How the Aging with Grace process works

The Aging with Grace Eldercare Assistance program provides hands-on, personal support for caregivers and their families. 

  • When a caregiver contacts Aging with Grace, he/she speaks with an elder advocate to identify concerns. 
  • The eldercare advocate assesses care options and evaluates financial options. 
  • The advocate creates an action plan to address the caregiver's immediate and long-term needs. 
  • The advocate and caregiver review Medicare or Medicaid eligibility. 
  • The advocate explores availability of veterans benefits if the client needing assistance is a veteran or the spouse of a veteran. Click here to see details of veterans assistance provided by Aging With Grace.

In-home support technology

The Aging with Grace Eldercare Assistance program offers a wide range of in-home support technology through its website. Features include: 

  • An electronic Personal Health Record that goes with you wherever you go
  • An affordable Personal Alert System that ensures a person is not alone in an emergency; 
  • A CareCalendar tool that provides access to an online calendar to help people keep important dates such as doctor appointments, birthdays, anniversaries and caregiver schedules that can be shared with family and other people; 
  • A free Medication Safety Program that helps monitor the safety of medications; 
  • A CareJournal feature that provides a private place to let out feelings, including anger, frustration, grief or joy; 
  • Direct access to the Aging with Grace CareConnection online caregiver community to share with people who are facing the same caregiver challenges; 
  • A Caregiver R&R section that provides an opportunity to relieve the tensions of a day

Do you and your employees need eldercare support?

YES, if your employees are missing work, arriving late or leaving early due to eldercare responsibilities.
YES, if your business is incurring expense and disruption to find substitutes for absent caregivers
YES, if employees have less energy, creativity and productivity as a result of caregiving
YES, if caregiving makes some employees unavailable for assignments that would benefit your business.

Why do eldercare issues cause stress for employees?

  • Eldercare issues appear suddenly after an accident or illness.
  • Families have to make quick decisions on family eldercare, for which they have little or no preparation or education. 
  • Families often lack the expertise to assess an elderly person's needs or ability to live safely at home. 
  • Families have little knowledge of community and government resources. 
  • Families have no idea where to turn for assistance to make sense of their eldercare options. 
  • Most eldercare-givers juggle caregiving with full-time jobs, as well as parenting.

Why do employers need to address eldercare stress?

  • Caregiving costs U.S. employers $33.6 billion in lost productivity each year. 
  • The percentage of adult children taking care of their parents has tripled since 1994. 
  • Approximately 9.7 million adult children over the age of 50 care for their parents. 
  • Americans who work a full time job and care for an elderly or disabled family member suffer from poorer physical health than those who work full time but do not have caregiving responsibilities. 
  • Caregivers employed full time across all age groups are substantially more likely to experience physical health issues than non-caregiving counterparts. 
  • Caregivers in all age groups are more likely than non-caregivers to report that they do not feel well-rested at work after performing caregiving at home the previous night or day.

Sources: National Council on Aging; University of Michigan and U.S. Health & Retirement Study; Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

How does caregiver stress affect employees?

Signs of caregiver stress include: 

  • Reduced energy and productivity 
  • Ongoing emotional strain 
  • Withdrawal 
  • Sleeplessness or sleeping difficulty 
  • Lack of concentration 
  • Weight loss or gain 
  • Drug or alcohol abuse 
  • Eating disorders 
  • Mood swings 
  • Chronic fatigue 
  • Feelings of being overwhelmed 
  • Depression, especially for caregivers of dementia patients 
  • Feelings that caregiving is a second job with no relief or breaks

How does caregiver stress affect employers?

Signs of caregiver stress include:

  • Lack of productivity 
  • Increased absenteeism 
  • Late arrivals and early departures by employees 
  • Workday interruptions
  • Lack of concentration by employees 
  • Increased use of sick days or unpaid time off 
  • Requests to shift from full-time to part-time 
  • Reluctance of employees to take on new responsibilities or a promotion 
  • Employees quitting their jobs

Economic impact of caregiving is great

  • Caregiving costs U.S. employers $33.6 billion in lost productivity each year. 
  • Replacing workers who are absent for caregiving costs businesses $6.6 billion a year.
  • 66 percent of working caregivers say they have had to go in late, leave early or take time off to perform caregiving. 
  • Nearly 40 percent of working caregivers report that caregiving affects their ability to advance on the job. 
  • 29 percent say they passed up a promotion due to caregiving commitments. 
  • 20 percent say they have had to take a leave of absence to perform caregiving duties. 
  • 12 percent say they have had to give up working entirely to perform caregiving. 
  • Caregivers who are 50 or older average a $303,880 financial loss per person in lost wages, pensions and Social Security benefits over a lifetime. 
  • 52 percent of women (2,187,282) and 34 percent of men (953,431) have experienced workday interruptions as a result of caregiving. 
  • 25 percent of employees responsible for the care of relatives who live more than an hour away miss at least one day of work per month.

Sources: National Council on Aging; National Alliance for Caregiving 2009; MetLife Mature Market Institute & National Alliance for Caregiving, 2006; MetLife Mature Market Institute & New York Medical College's Center for Long-Term-Care Research and Policy.

Contact us for assistance

Contact us for more information on dealing with issues related to eldercare and caregiver stress in the workplace.

Click here to download a distributable summary of Aging with Grace benefits for the workplace.

Learn more about offering eldercare services to your group or organization through a privately labeled program administered by Aging with Grace. Please contact us for details.