At the end of the day, when your fellow co-workers leave the workplace and head for home, some are just beginning their other full-time job. With an aging population upon us, Moms, Dads, Grandparents, and others depend on them for care and attention.
One in every three employees is managing family eldercare. And it’s complicated. The rising cost of care, the distance between family members, and juggling work and family will blindside employees when they least expect it.
Here’s where you come into play.
What can’t be emphasized enough is to encourage co-workers to plan ahead. Offer my on-site workshops on eldercare planning. Post information on your company website where employees can get a copy of The Complete Eldercare Planner, 4th Edition.
The number-one parent-care topic for employees to address immediately is the one of financing a longer life. The “Money Matters” chapter in The Complete Eldercare Planner, 4th Edition offers comprehensive tips, checklists, and resources.
If your company publishes an employee newsletter (hard copy or online), offer eldercare articles that frame the subject of eldercare in a proactive and positive light. Also, publish a link to my website http://elderindustry.com where they can get a lot of information on planning.
Contrary to popular belief, eldercare is not about death and dying, nursing homes and funerals. There are many topics employees can plan for right now. Here are a few to encourage them to get started:
- Talking to aging parents about financing a longer life
- How to tell when aging parents need help
- Housing and caregiving services: How to help parents to age in place
- Estate planning and powers of attorney
- Check-in systems that help prevent an eldercare crisis
- Long-distance caregiving