Tips for Working Caregivers

As the population ages, employers who want to retain good employees are going to have to implement strategies to help employees address the balance of their work and personal life. Here are some helpful tips if you're a caregiver still in the workforce:

  • Take advantage of the Family and Medical Leave Act.
  • Enlist the support of your employer for flexible, reduced or part-time hours. 
  • Work at home or telecommute.
  • Take advantage of employee assistance programs (EAP) at your workplace.
  • Ask the personnel director about what your employer offers.
  • Access public senior service programs and check out resource and referral services for elder care on the Internet.
  • See if your employer can set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for elder care.
  • Have a support network of alternative caregivers.
  • Seek out professional counseling before burn out.