If there is one positive after-effect of the pandemic, it is the caregiver support and appreciation generated as more and more people begin to realize the difficulties family caregivers have long been facing. Managing work and home life is without question a tremendous challenge for people caring for a senior family member. As Lindsay Jurist-Rosner, CEO of Wellthy, explains, “Caregiving went from a silent struggle to being in the spotlight overnight.”
Employers were abruptly thrown into the fire of directing a world of balancing the safety of staff along with the necessity to maintain productivity. Here’s what we discovered – and what we can expect for the future:
- More telecommuting. Those who began working at home in the last year have, in many cases, demonstrated their capability to be much more productive. Due to this fact, it’s forecast that as many as 25 – 30% of the workforce within the U.S. will continue telecommuting at least several days each week this year.
- Lower stress. Doing away with the daily commute opens up more time for self-care for family caregivers, while boosting peace of mind. This is especially true for those who depended on public transportation and were concerned about compromised health safety. To further boost mental wellness, many employers are providing subscriptions to meditation and mindfulness applications.
- A corporate culture of caring. Working from home has opened up the personal parts of our lives to employers. Zoom meetings share our living spaces with each other, including the appearance of children, pets, and other family members. This means that the workplace has started to become more humanized, resulting in a more empathetic working environment.
- Focus on mental wellness. Along those lines, there is now greater awareness of the importance of caring for our mental health. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll revealed that nearly 45 percent of adults experienced negative mental wellness effects as a result of the pandemic – and an even greater percentage in people who serve as family caregivers for older senior loved ones. Many employers have started implementing strategies to take care of the mental health of their employees, such as offering virtual adventures and trips to provide the chance to escape and relax.
Let Atlanta Home Care Partners, the leading provider of home health care in Buckhead, GA and nearby areas, further help foster a healthier work-life balance with our trusted respite care services. Regular, ongoing respite care is key to the general wellness of family caregivers. Our skilled and compassionate care assistance team is readily available to help with anything from just a couple of hours each week up to around-the clock care. Contact us at (404) 228-0103 to ask about a free in-home assessment to find out more about our caregiver support services.