Many employees are active caregivers of an older loved one. That may be a parent, grandparent or another relative.
No matter who it is, coordinating care is time-consuming and much of takes place during the day while employees are at work.
Employees make phone calls, do online research and miss work trying to attend to the needs of a loved one. It’s estimated that employees spend $3,000-$4,000 a year on company time doing this care coordination research.
We see this number growing as more adults turn 65 each day. Add this to an increasing number of employees who are becoming active caregivers of this group and employers see lower employee productivity and distracted, stressed employees, who must locate and provide care for the loved one.
But an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) specifically designed to address the caregiver tasks of older adults benefits employee and employer alike. The CareNexus EAP does all the work for employees, keeping them productive. CareNexus EAP is a new level of support for employees, which allows them to care for the loved one without doing so on company time.
Employers who offer care coordination through an EAP reap the rewards of employees who are productive and focused during work hours as their loved ones are taken care of by a highly qualified medical team.
Alfonso Trujillo, an expert in care management for aging adults, is vice president of Care Management at InnovAge
This blog is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding your health or medical needs.