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Many employers provide back-up elder care

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By Hook Law Center

Hundreds of New York employers provide back-up elder care, designed to help employees stay at work when an unexpected problem arises with elder care.

Employees who have registered for back-up elder care can call a care organization when they face an unexpected interruption in elder care. Within hours, the organization will send a home health care aide to the elderly person’s home. Employers work with agencies who screen and train their caregivers.

A sudden change in a parent’s health, logistical issues from the usual home health aide, or a family caregiver’s competing responsibilities can all lead to a gap in elder care. Without back-up elder care, workers are likely to miss work for days or longer. With back-up care, both the elder’s care and the employee’s work life can continue relatively seamlessly.

Plans vary, but most allow employees to use the service 10-20 times a year. Employees pay for part of the service — usually about $6.00/hour — while the company covers the rest.

This benefit makes fiscal sense for companies, as a growing number of American workers now care for aging parents. That trend will continue in coming years, as the Baby Boomer population reaches retirement age and life expectancy continues to stand at an all-time high.

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Posted on Thursday, March 26th, 2015. Filed under Long-Term Care.