Employee Caregving Resources
Caring for a family member is often a full-time job, but family caregivers often work full or part-time while providing care for a loved one. Working caregivers face a set of challenges that can impact their income and also contribute to productivity losses for employers. Here are some resources to help.
connect to local resources
- Caregiver Communications Toolkit: The Minnesota Board on Aging has developed a Toolkit to assist family caregivers and connect them to services.
- Eldercare Locator: Eldercare Locator, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connects to services for older adults and their families.
- Family Care Navigator: state-by-state help for caregivers from the Family Caregiver Alliance.
- Senior Living Referral Line: (866) 824-8174. Free service from Caring.com available seven days a week. Family advisors explain different types of senior living options, help identify local senior communities matched to the prospective resident's needs and preferences, schedule tours, discuss consumer reviews, and answer senior living questions. The Senior Care Directory is also available online, with more than 40,000 consumer reviews and listings for in-home care, hospice, geriatric care managers, memory care, and more.
- About One: An online service that acts as a family organizer – incorporating calendar functions and filing to allow you to keep track of and easily access information about your family.
- ALZConnected®: Powered by the Alzheimer’s Association, this online social networking community is designed specifically for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Members can connect and communicate with people who understand their unique challenges. They can pose questions and offer solutions to dementia-related issues, create public and private groups organized around a dedicated topic and contribute to message boards.
- Lotsa Helping Hands: Connects people through the power of community — whether you need help or you want to provide help. You may be caring for an ill loved one, an aging parent, a child with special needs or a veteran. You may want to volunteer to help a friend or others in your neighborhood.
- Administration on Aging: Working Caregivers Finding a Balance (PDF). Information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on how to cope with the stress and emotions related to caregiving and suggestions on how you can better balance caregiving and work responsibilities.
- Partnership for Workplace Mental Health: A program of the American Psychiatric Foundation, a subsidiary of the American Psychiatric Association, works in partnership with businesses to ensure that employees and their families living with mental illness receive effective care.
- Workflex Employee Toolkit: When Work Works (PDF) is a joint project of the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The publication highlights effective practices for making work “work” for employers and employees.
- Online Support Groups for Caregivers: Get caregiving tips, advice, and support with Caring.com's online support groups.
education and support
- Agency on Aging: Work Life Issue for Elder Caregivers Module. After completing this online education training module, you will be understand some strategies for juggling responsibilities and taking care of yourself, and have an approach for talking with your supervisor about work-life and elder care issues.
- Alzheimer’s Association: Call 1-800-272-3900 for a 24/7 helpline staffed with professional clinicians and local chapters providing services in communities nationwide.
- Alzheimer’s Association eLearning Courses: Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease where the person will require increasing levels of care as time goes on. Being educated about what to expect and learning about useful care strategies can significantly impact the quality of life for the caregiver and the person living with Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association offers a series of education workshops available in communities nationwide and online.
- Alzheimer’s Navigator® is an online tool designed specifically for individuals with Alzheimer’s, their families and caregivers. A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease raises many questions and the Alzheimer’s Navigator helps guide you to answers by creating a customized action plan and linking to information, support and local resources.
- Can Caring for Your Aging Parents Hurt Your Career — or Your Paycheck? Helpful tips on how to be there for your ill and aging parents, while protecting your job and the financial well-being of you and your family
- Family Caregiver Alliance: Work and Eldercare: Established in 2001 as a program of Family Caregiver Alliance, the National Center on Caregiving (NCC) works to advance the development of high-quality, cost-effective policies and programs for caregivers in every state in the country. Uniting research, public policy and services, the NCC serves as a central source of information on caregiving and long-term care issues.
- Financial Steps for Caregivers: What You Need to Know about Protecting Your Money and Retirement. WISER’s guide designed to help identify financial decisions you may face as a caregiver. This decision can affect both your short-term and long-term financial security, including your own retirement.
- The Caregiver Resource Center: Care solutions for individuals, families and businesses. The Caregiver Resource Center is a division of Employee Assistance Professionals, Inc. Their mission is to assist seniors, people with special needs and their families in understanding the aging process, facilitating open communication, and providing information, support and guidance throughout the caregiving process.
- The Working Family Caregiver: Tips for Balancing Career & Caregiving (PDF), written by Denise M. Brown, the founder of Caregiving.com.