The results of the Older Adult Caregiver Study conducted by the Families and Work Institute were discussed in a Forbes article titled, “Who America’s Caregivers Are And Why It Matters.” The study involved 1,050 adult caregivers and found that 66% had been employed in the last five years. Furthermore, 41% worked fewer hours than desired, 30% took temporary leave to provide care and 11% quit their jobs. Unfortunately, half of those that quit said they had to because of inflexible employers.
It is clear that there needs to be better communication between employers and employees concerning caregiving. With an increasing number of seniors requiring care, this problem will need to be addressed in the very near future. In the meantime, be sure to speak with your company’s human resources department to see what options available to you. The federal government also requires 12 weeks minimum of unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Be sure to meet with a qualified elder law attorney to discuss what options are available to help you better balance working and caregiving.