Discover how the Aging In Place Essential Toolkit™ can provide the resources and support to help employees who are family caregivers.

By 2040 the percentage of people aged 65 and older will have nearly doubled to nearly 22%, up from 13% in 2010. Even more telling, the number of people 85 years or older will triple. Yet the past few years has seen little growth in the number of employers offering benefits for employees who care for older and disabled relatives. 


According to the Families and Work Institute’s 2016 National Study of Employers, 42% of employers offer elder care resource and referral services and 78% provide some amount of either paid or unpaid time off for employees who need to care for aging relatives. These figures, however, have remained virtually unchanged since the study was conducted in 2012.
 

As many as one in six full-time or part-time employees care for an elderly or disabled family member, according to a Gallup poll. But less than a quarter of those workers have access to any assistance in navigating the benefits they are entitled to receive.

 

The issue is widespread and affects a large portion of the workforce. Consider these statistics from Gallup research:

  • 20% of all female and 16% of all male workers in the U.S. are caregivers

  • Caregivers are forced to miss an average of 6.6 days of work per year because of caregiving responsibilities.

  • The cost of lost productivity due to absenteeism among full-time working caregivers is more than $25 billion annually.


The typical “sandwich generation” employee who simultaneously cares for children, spouses and parents is typically a woman in her late forties who works a full or part-time job while providing 20 hours a week of care for aging relatives. Today, it’s estimated that 25% of all family caregivers are younger millennials and 50% are under the age of 50. 

"As the baby boomer generation gets older, an increasing number of people in the workforce are taking on the role of unpaid caregiver for a family member or friend. Many also are in the midst of raising their own children, which means they’re pulled in many different directions, trying to keep up with work commitments and family responsibilities. In fact, according to researchers at Harvard Business School, 73% of employees in the U.S. are caring for a child, parent or friend."  This Harvard Study lays out the 7 Ways Employers Can Support Family Caregivers.

Balancing Work Responsibilities and Caregiving Demands is Often Difficult

  • Employees may need to make phone calls from work to doctors or to arrange home care, coordinate with other family members providing care or check on an ill or elderly family member.

  • They may need to leave work early or come in late to take a family member to a doctor’s appointment.

  • If emergencies arise, they may need to take time off from work for a few hours or even several days.

 

More than 90% of family caregivers will have to manage all or some of the following:

  • Unforeseen medical events and/or emergencies that require immediate caregiving services

  • Finding caregiving services a month or more in advance to support a loved one who is transitioning from the hospital or rehabilitation facility back to the home.

  • Choosing support services and caregiving products that meet ongoing in-home needs.

Aging in Place Essential Toolkit™ can help employees who need family caregiving support and services —

Real time. Online. Confidential. Immediate Response.

  • Phone access to professional aging life care counselors

  • Help in determining the best options to care for a loved one in their home

  • Assistance to family caregivers in finding a home care agency/caregiver that matches their specific needs

  • Worksheets to help family caregivers assess current and future living options for their loved one. These include how to assess the need for support from a home health aide, certified nursing assistant or homemaker/companion; managing the financial aspects of care; finding a retirement community; finding an assisted living community; managing a loved one’s transition back home from hospital or rehab and more

  • Videos and materials to help aging loved ones and their children – your employees – have important conversations about end-of-life planning and take appropriate follow up actions

Aging in Place Essential Toolkit™ Offerings

  1. Direct link to AgingInPlaceToolkit.com for employees who will search and review the products and services on their own

  2. Help line that responds to the most common scenarios of products and services offered. This will include chat and phone help for employees.

  3. Create a customized caregiver support website (normally called a White Label) that is branded using your logo and custom pages. The web site will include all the resources available on AgingInPlaceToolkit.com, including on-demand phone support for employees from a life care manager.

 

The offerings include the follow support and advice:

  • Resources to care for a loved one in their home

  • Resources to help family caregivers find a professional home care agency or provider

  • Planning guides to help family caregivers assess care options for their loved one. These options would include support from a home health aide, certified nursing assistant or homemaker/companion in the loved one’s home; managing the financial aspects of aging care; finding a retirement community and an assisted living community; managing a loved one’s transition back home from hospital or rehab, etc.

  • Videos and materials to help both aging loved ones and their children (your employees) have important conversations about end-of-life planning and take appropriate follow up actions.

How will our employees access caregiving and aging in place services within the AgingInPlaceToolkit.com web site?

When an employer or employee visits the AgingInPlaceToolkit.com home page, they will first select the Human Resource Employee Benefits box, select “Employee”, and create an account with their name and email address. Employees may fill out a brief survey that will help direct them to information relevant to their caregiving situation. They may also use the Search box for quick word searches, and have email and/or phone access to one of our life care advisors.

Employee

Sign-in

Fill out short survey

Directed to:

-Specific links/pages

-Help desk

Follow-up phone call & survey to employee

Pricing will be determined based on your company’s specific needs, total employees and customization of the website to either fit into your platform or link to ours.  We can include links to homecare agencies, aging in place advisors, eldercare attorneys and financial advisors, and links to products for the aging. For all three options, Aging In Place Essential Toolkit™ will track and provide your organization with data on employee utilization of the site every three months.

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