By the Num­bers

Tak­ing care of care­givers

Employee Benefit News - - CONTENTS -

With more em­ploy­ees act­ing as care­givers, some for­ward-think­ing com­pa­nies are boost­ing ben­e­fits that aim to make their lives eas­ier.

The num­ber of care­givers is on the rise — an es­ti­mated 30% of the U.S. pop­u­la­tion cares for a fam­ily mem­ber and av­er­ages about 20 hours per week do­ing so. That means that more em­ploy­ees could use some help from their em­ployer. And, lucky for them, a num­ber of com­pa­nies are step­ping up ef­forts to help by boost­ing care­giv­ing ben­e­fits, ac­cord­ing to new re­search from the North­east Busi­ness Group on Health and AARP.

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