Meeting the needs of the working family caregiver was the topic on the table at this week’s #ElderCareChat forum. As always, our participants engaged in a lively discussion, tweeting practical tips, ideas and resources for those balancing a career and caregiving responsibilities. Also shared were action-oriented suggestions around making the workplace a culture that recognizes and supports caregivers.
Framing the conversation were the following questions:
- How much do you think an employee should disclose to her employer about a caregiving situation?
- Family caregivers often feel pulled between caregiving and their career. What services could a family caregiver use so she can keep her job?
- What’s your best suggestion for a manager who has caregiving employees?
- What’s your best tip for a working family caregiver?
- How can a family caregiver manage their caree’s medical appointments which take place during a business day?
- What challenges arise for the self-employed family caregiver?
- What can companies do to help their caregiving employees?
- As a result of today’s chat, how will you help your caregiving employees?
Here are a few highlights:
For more tips and insights, check out the full transcript (we’re grateful to our friends at The Fox Group for providing this detailed record of our conversation). Click here to review it, then share it with others who could benefit from the information.
Curious about the group’s composition? See who was there and get the average number of tweets per participant with these #ElderCareChat analytics.
Don’t miss our next chat: Wednesday, March 7th at 1pm ET. We welcome anyone who is interested in/passionate about eldercare issues — ANYTIME. Prior participation is not required, and you can come for 5 minutes or 55 minutes; we understand that many who are caregivers (especially working ones) cannot easily pull themselves away from their duties for the full hour.
If the “real-time” frame doesn’t sync with your schedule, or if you feel that your question or idea requires well beyond 140 characters, start a discussion thread on our LinkedIn page or use the #eldercarechat hashtag.