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Helping Employers Support and Retain Working Caregivers



More than 60 percent of America’s 40 million family caregivers are balancing their caregiving responsibilities with paid employment.

Consequently, employers have a growing need and responsibility to help support and retain those workers so they can navigate the challenges of caring for loved ones, without sacrificing their livelihood.

AARP offers valuable resources to help employers create a caregiver-friendly workplace. 

VIDEO: Reimagining Long-Term Care in America

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Caregiving, COVID-19, and the Workplace

Free resources available for employers and the working family caregivers in their organization during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Tip Sheets include employer-specific COVID-19 fact sheets, preparedness checklists for family caregivers, and other timely resources.

Tip Sheets for Employers:

Tip Sheets Employers can Distribute to Working Family Caregivers (Available in English and Spanish):

Financial/Legal:

Caregiving/Health:

Nursing Homes/LTC Facilities:

Reimagining Long-Term Care in America

      

A Webinar from AARP and Mary Furlong & Associates

Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 3 pm ET

Featuring:

  • Mary Furlong, CEO of Mary Furlong & Associates and Executive Producer of the What’s Next Longevity Academy
  • Nancy LeaMond, Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer, AARP
  • Bob Stephen, Vice President, Caregiving and Health, AARP

With guest appearances by:

  • Mary Haynes, President and CEO of Nazareth Home
  • Sherwin Sheik, President and CEO of Carelinx

Free Toolkits for Employers

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AARP has partnered with the Northeast Business Group on Health to craft a free toolkit for employers. Supporting Caregivers in the Workplace: A Practical Guide for Employers includes comprehensive information, checklists and handouts for employers to share across their company or organization. Click here to access the pdf, and/or here to:

  • Assess where you are vs. other organizations
  • Review our practical guide
  • Watch and share the supporting videos to hear the perspectives of both employers and employee-caregivers that provide insight into the issue 
Small Business Caregiving Guide

 


 



AARP and Public Private Strategies Small Business Caregiving Online Resource Guide provides small business owners with practical guidance to tackle common challenges and create workplaces that are supportive of caregivers. Additionally, it provides information on the current family caregiver situation in America and shares the small business case for caregiver-friendly workplaces.

  • Provides practical guidance, tips, and resources that small employers can utilize to make their workplace more caregiver-friendly
  • Offers low cost or no cost solutions small business owners can leverage
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AARP has partnered with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program to develop a new employer toolkit. Supporting Military and Veteran Caregivers in the Workplace provides free practical guidance to employers on how to support working family military caregivers in the workplace. Click here to access the pdf.

  • Identifies key challenges working family caregivers of military service members face
  • Identifies challenges employers face when accommodating employees who are family caregivers
  • Tipsheet offers recruitment, onboarding and retention strategies for employers
Prepare to Care



On-Demand Prepare to Care for Working Family Caregivers

With more and more Americans caring for a loved one, while currently working full or part-time, employers have a growing need and responsibility to help support and retain working family caregivers. AARP is offering this free on-demand workshop on caregiving to arm employers and working family caregivers with needed guidance and support. During this session, you will be provided with tips and advice, as well as learn about the free resources available to make the job of caring for a loved one more manageable.

Click here to register for and access the On-Demand Webinar

Additional Programs and Resources

Schedule a Lunch and Learn — Connect with experienced subject matter experts and members of the caregiving team who will provide important learning material in a web-based training environment, help you navigate available resources and discuss frequently asked questions about caregiving and work. Contact AskCaregiving@aarp.org for more information.

Request a Speaker — If you’d like AARP to present on topics related to working family caregivers, take advantage of our free tools and resources, or discuss strategies in which you as the employer or Human Resource professional can support working family caregivers while offering a competitive advantage to retain and remain competitive in today’s workforce, email AskCaregiving@aarp.org to request.

Take the AARP Employer Pledge — Are you an employer interested in signing the AARP Employer Pledge? Sign the Pledge, and contact AARP for more information.

Play the Do You Care Challenge  Experience a day in the life of someone who is caring for a loved one and balancing everyday life. You will walk away with an understanding of the joys and challenges of family caregiving and then be better prepared to offer support to a friend, family member or colleague who is caring for a loved one.

Download or Order Copies of Prepare to Care: A Caregiving Planning Guide for Families — These guides are available in English, Spanish and Chinese. There are also versions for Asian Americans, LGBT and Veteran and Military families. Share them with your employees.

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