ERIC Number: ED418290
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Reference Count: N/A
Work and Elder Care: Facts for Caregivers and Their Employers. Facts on Working Women No. 98-1.
Women's Bureau (DOL), Washington, DC.
As the elderly population continues to grow, more elderly persons are requiring assistance with activities of daily living. Women are the traditional caregivers to the elderly, and the many women who also participate in the paid labor force must face the challenges of meeting both work and family obligations. Types of elder care assistance not necessarily provided through the workplace include the following: geriatric care managers; homemakers and home health aides; companions/friendly visitors; telephone reassurance systems; respite care; daily money managers; home-delivered meals; chore and home repair; legal assistance or resources; family and medical leave; and assistance with financing care. The following are among ways employers can help their employees with elder care: conduct a needs assessment to determine employees' need for and interest in assistance; refer employees to elder care resource and referral services; offer seminars providing basic information about elder care-related issues; provide employee assistance programs; offer counseling and long-term care insurance; support visiting nurse services and adult day care; develop an elder care pager program; establish flexible spending or dependent care accounts; and assist with transportation. (Concluding this document are the following: list of selected resource materials and organizations; 33 endnotes; and 14 Women's Bureau regional addresses and contacts.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Caregivers, Employed Women, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Practices, Family Work Relationship, Federal Legislation, Helping Relationship, Individual Characteristics, Labor Legislation, Nonprofit Organizations, Older Adults, Resource Materials
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Women's Bureau (DOL), Washington, DC.