On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation on how employers can ease the stress of employees providing care for older loved ones with Andrew Schneider, business reporter for KUHF 88.7 FM.
As the nation’s population continues to age, employees in their mid-40s to early 50s are faced with caring for their elderly loved ones. Not only does this take a toll on their finances and personal health, but also their work life.
Jane Bavineau, vice president of Sheltering Arms Senior Services Division of Neighborhood Centers Inc., stopped by Bauer Business Focus recently to discuss what companies can do to help their employees ease the stress of caring for an older loved one.
“Being a family caregiver is hard work,” Bavineau said. “It affects their health, it affects them emotionally, and it affects finances, so when they are trying to work and take care of an elder loved one, it is stressful.”
As many companies are beginning to recognize the need to provide support for caregivers, there are tools that companies can provide that can be helpful, according to Bavineau.
“We love to see companies do seminars that allows caregivers to learn how to take better care of themselves and learn about the resources available. Sheltering Arms Senior Services also offers a program called Powerful Tools for Caregivers which is a six week class where caregivers attend and learn how to communicate with healthcare providers that an older loved one sees among other things.”
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