The competing demands of employment and caring for a dependent elderly family member can create stress for families, and some employers are becoming concerned about the impact of eldercare on the workplace. This first national survey of workers examined the extent of eldercare and its impact on workers. In this article, the authors profile the employees who described themselves as caregivers, the older people they were caring for, the care they were giving, the extent to which they reported conflict between their work and caregiving responsibilities, and the workplace supports they would have found helpful in managing these roles. Women were devoting more time to caregiving and were more likely to report work and caregiving conflict than were men. Social workers in occupational and community settings can play a key role in providing information about eldercare services, in counseling caregivers, and in advocating for employee benefits and community services to help workers maintain both work and family roles.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science