Caregivers assist disabled, elderly, and/or children with regular daily activities and are most often female. As the number of women in the workforce continues to rise, as does the amount of working caregivers that struggle to find a balance between their duties. With tasks ranging from taking someone to a doctor’s office for an appointment, to personal hygiene care, to grocery shopping, a caregivers list of things to do can be overwhelming.
According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP (2015), family caregivers typically spend about 24 hours a week on average providing care for someone else. For a caregiver that is caring for a spouse or a child, the number is significantly higher. On top of a regular 40 hour a week job, caregiving duties can be quite the burden to carry.
From an employer standpoint, there are many ways to support caregivers in order to try to alleviate the stress and overall strain caregivers take on.