Caregiving for Family Members with Alzheimer’s Disease Affects the Workplace

Caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease affects employees in all organizations – husbands, wives, daughters and sons, and their families.

While speaking with a business owner recently, he shared a story that I am hearing more often in recent years. He was frustrated because he was unable to reach two separate, high earners who live in other parts of the country. No phone calls or e-mails returned. When he did finally reach each of them, their stories were the same. Both were preoccupied and overwhelmed while trying to cope with caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease. Their family situations were so time-consuming – both physically and mentally – that their productivity and work performance were suffering. So too, then, was the company.

Employers would be wise to acknowledge the impact that caregiving has on their organizations. While many companies offer employee wellness and assistance programs, few address the need to assist employees with resources and alternatives to missed time caused by the responsibilities of caregiving.

The Gilster Group has programs to educate employers and employees, and to provide resources and guidance for those in need. Contact us to find out how we can help you help your employees and their families.

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