Every day, somewhere in the workplace, an eldercare crisis occurs.
Julie, an employee, is working in the office when the phone rings. It’s her neighbour calling worried about her father who is wandering in the neighbourhood and seems very confused. Julie’s father has Alzheimer’s disease and although she has deadlines at work, her priority becomes making a trip to her Dad’s place to deal with the crisis. This isn’t the first time she’s had to leave work early to deal with father’s memory challenges and likely won’t be the last.
Work-family conflict costs both employers and employees in terms of family tension, absenteeism, productivity, retention, employment, and stress-related illness. Almost 45% of working employees (aged 45 to 54 years) face the difficult challenges of balancing their work commitments with the responsibility of caring for an older relative.
It is to everyone’s benefit to have productive, non-distracted and less stressed employees.
Family Caregivers of BC provides a variety of resources for both employees and employers. Click on the links below to find out more information.