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Saving Businesses Money by Keeping Staff with Eldercare Responsibilities

Dementia: A Practical Handbook for Working People Caring for a Loved One.

A really useful guide for families coping with the complexities that dementia can bring. … trying to juggle a job, family and managing other’s expectations as well as providing care and support to a family member with a diagnosis of dementia can be very demanding and can lead to stress. This book has easy to reference chapters with really good bullet point advice to address some of the issues faced by families.

Hilda Hayo

Chief Admiral Nurse, CEO Dementia UK

A highlight of the book is the practical aspects of how to look after yourself.

We often forget to remain able to be the carer.

We need to first ensure we are looked after too.

The Nursing Times

Businesses can save money by keeping their staff with Eldercare Responsibilities

Staff with eldercare responsibilities are often very stressed. Working and caring for someone with dementia or a long term illness is tough, so they may often be absent, go off sick or even leave the business. They can be expensive to replace, but a business can save money by actively supporting them at a very difficult time so they stay working and productive. They are more likely to stay working for the business in the longer term which maintains income, turnover and sustainability.

Many staff with eldercare responsibilities are amongst the most experienced and skilled within a business, so recruiting to replace them will be expensive and a challenge because there are not many potential people to replace them. The cost-effective option is to actively support them to stay working and productive for the longer term.

I can help businesses to do this.

Why might staff who work and have eldercare responsibilities be less productive?

They are stretched between working and caring.

They’re likely to be very stressed and find it difficult to concentrate at work. They may need to make phone calls whilst at work, taking them away from what they’re doing.

They might need to take time off to sort out care or hospital provision. This is difficult if their relatives like close by and are providing care themselves. It’s even more difficult if they live some way away.

Save Your Business Money

I have solutions for businesses who want to keep their staff with eldercare responsibilities working productively for them, to save the business money by not having to replace them.

How I Can Help

My range of support includes an online programme for staff with eldercare responsibilities that gives information and advice about the things they need to know and the things they need to do. In house sessions and 1:1 support are available.

Signposting to specialist advice and services

None of us know everything but I can signpost staff to specialist advice and services they may need to resolve some of the challenges they will face as part of having eldercare responsibilities.

Why supporting your staff who have eldercare responsibility is good for your business

Businesses survive and thrive because of the people they employ. First of all, your staff are your most important asset. Without them you’d have no clients and no business. Looking after your staff is your highest priority as well as your clients. Furthermore, if staff with stress go off sick, that affects your business productivity. A positive and sustainable workplace environment with staff who are engaged in the business is essential if your business is to continue and grow. As a business that puts the health and wellbeing of its staff as a high priority then part of your Corporate Responsibility towards them is to support them through a challenging and stressful time. They are more likely to stay as a loyal employee in the long term, making you an employer of choice, bringing value to your business.