Daugh­ters in the work­place

Fe­male care­givers ex­pe­ri­ence stigma from em­ploy­ers

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT/COMMUNITY -

Sta­tis­tics Canada re­search shows that women are al­most twice as likely as their male coun­ter­parts to spend 20 or more hours per week on care­giv­ing tasks, and many women are part of the “sand­wich gen­er­a­tion,” car­ing for an ag­ing par­ent or rel­a­tive while also car­ing for their own chil­dren.

Ac­cord­ing to new re­search by Home In­stead Se­nior Care, one in four work­ing daugh­ters ex­pe­ri­ence work­place stigma as­so­ci­ated with be­ing a care­giver for an ag­ing par­ent, and 23 per cent say that their su­per­vi­sor is un­sym­pa­thetic.

In ef­fort to pro­mote dis­cus­sion about how work­ing fam­ily care­givers can be bet­ter sup­ported in the work­place, the Home In­stead Se­nior Care fran­chise serv­ing P.E.I. has launched a new public ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram, Daugh­ters in the Work­place. Avail­able at Daugh­tersintheWork­place.ca, the pro­gram in­cludes con­ver­sa­tion starters and health tips for care­giv­ing em­ploy­ees, as well as com­mu­ni­ca­tion tips for em­ploy­ers and warn­ing signs care­giv­ing em­ploy­ees need sup­port.

“All too of­ten we see work­ing care­givers feel that they have to make a choice be­tween work and their ag­ing loved one,” said David McMil­lan of the P.E.I. Home In­stead Se­nior Care of­fices.

“They are of­ten un­aware of what re­sources are avail­able and how to nav­i­gate those con­ver­sa­tions with their em­ployer. That is why Home In­stead is com­mit­ted to not only em­pow­er­ing fam­ily care­givers with the knowl­edge of the help that is avail­able to them, but also bring­ing aware­ness to em­ploy­ers on the im­por­tance of cre­at­ing a sup­port­ive work­place en­vi­ron­ment for care­giv­ing em­ploy­ees.”

Daugh­tersintheWork­place.ca in­cludes con­ver­sa­tion starters and health tips for care­giv­ing em­ploy­ees, as well as com­mu­ni­ca­tion tips for em­ploy­ers and signs care­giv­ing em­ploy­ees need sup­port. Ad­di­tion­ally, the web­site in­cludes an in­ter­ac­tive quiz in which care­givers can equip them­selves with the knowl­edge of the pro­tected fam­ily leave rights that may be avail­able to them.

“The hope is that by high­light­ing the strug­gles that fam­ily care­givers ex­pe­ri­ence, and pro­vid­ing them with so­lu­tions and tips they can im­ple­ment in their home and work lives, we can help en­sure they are happy and healthy in their work lives while also be­ing able to pro­vide their loved ones with the care they need,” said McMil­lan.

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