A new survey has found that half of working female caregivers feel they have to choose between being a good employee and being a good daughter. In addition, 25 per cent of working daughters report a workplace stigma associated with being a caregiver for an aging parent, and 23 per cent have found that their supervisor is unsympathetic according to Home Instead Inc.
In an effort to start a conversation about how working family caregivers can be better supported in the workplace, Home Instead Senior Care has launched a new public education program, Daughters in the Workplace. The new program offers free resources to help working family caregivers feel empowered to talk to their employers about their needs, while also identifying caregiving support that may be available. The program also provides information to help employers understand what their employees need as caregivers, including Caregiver Friendly Business Practices.
“All too often we see working caregivers feel that they have to make a choice between work and their aging loved one,” said Scott Johnson managing director of Home Instead Senior Care in Halton Region. “They are often unaware of what resources are available and how to navigate those conversations with their employer. “
To help educate working family caregivers on how to work with their employers to address some of the challenges they face, DaughtersintheWorkplace.ca includes conversation starters and health tips for caregiving employees, as well as communication tips for employers and signs caregiving employees need support. Additionally, the website includes an interactive quiz in which caregivers can equip themselves with the knowledge of the protected family leave rights that may be available to them.
For more information visit www.DaughtersintheWorkplace.ca or call 905 847-8433.