Employed Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care

Juggling a job and family caregiving responsibilities can be stressful, especially for those who are performing complex tasks such as managing multiple medications, caring for wounds, preparing food for special diets, using monitors, and operating specialized medical equipment.

A recent national survey shows that 45 percent of employed caregivers are performing these kinds of medical/nursing tasks for family members with multiple chronic physical, cognitive, and behavioral conditions. They are doing everything that caregivers who are not employed are doing, while also carrying job-related responsibilities during their prime working years.

Policies to support them in managing this balancing act will help retain workers, promote productivity, and foster economic security for families. This is the first of three Insight on the Issues that looks into the different roles a family caregiver is in while performing complex medical/nursing tasks.

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