Role Reversal: Kids Scrambling To Find Care For Mom and Dad
Survey Shows Elder Care a Growing Concern for Adults Balancing Work and Family
WATERTOWN, Mass., March 29, 2013
WATERTOWN, Mass., March 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a recent study
of more than 5,000 U.S. workers, mid-career employees have become increasingly
dependent on employer-sponsored back-up elder care programs. This increase in
demand for elder care mirrors the increase in the number of people providing
care to an aging relative – more than 40 million people had responsibility for
an elder's care in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The
Lasting Impact of Employer-Sponsored Back-up Care, a study conducted by
Horizons Workforce Consulting and Russell Matthews, PhD, assistant professor
of psychology at Bowling Green State University, confirms that working men and
women ages 40 to 60 are embracing elder care supports in order to focus and
remain productive at work while feeling confident that their aging parent – or
spouse – has access to quality care.
Sandwich Generation employees, those who care for their aging parents while
also supporting their own young children, are particularly impacted. Roughly
one out of every eight Americans between the ages of 40 and 60 fall into this
group, according to the Pew Research Institute, and between 7 million and 10
million Americans are providing care for their aging parents from afar with
little or no back-up support in the case of an emergency.
"The tensions of child care, elder care, and work make the Sandwich Generation
most prone to acute caregiver stress. Not only are they overwhelmed trying to
balance their careers with the demands of parenthood but also with the
responsibility of caring for their own aging parents. When they have
breakdowns in their normal support systems, it can seem near impossible to
manage it all," said David Lissy, Bright Horizons Chief Executive Officer.
"Having access to quality back-up care for children and adult relatives can go
a long way toward alleviating stress for these employees and reducing
absenteeism and loss of productivity for their employers." The Lasting Impact
of Employer-Sponsored Back-up Care study surveyed employees who used Bright
Horizons' Back-up Care Advantage Program^® within the past six months. Of the
respondents with adult/elder care responsibilities:
oTwo-thirds are providing daily living support for an adult relative.
oThree-quarters are providing health-related supports for their aging
oNearly 100% said that having an elder care benefit like the Back-Up Care
Advantage Program has provided them with a level of comfort and increased
oNearly 70% of those surveyed who used the elder care benefit said that
this benefit has allowed them to work on a day they would have otherwise
missed, and, on average, having access to adult back-up care has allowed
employees to work six days in the past six months that they otherwise
would have missed.
About Bright Horizons Family Solutions^®
Bright Horizons Family Solutions^®is a leading provider of employer-sponsored
child care, early education, and work/life solutions. Bright Horizons Family
Solutions^®serves more than 850 clients across the U.S., theUK,Ireland,the
Netherlands,Canada, and Indiawith programs including child care and early
education, back-up care, elder care, educational advisory services, and
work/life consulting. The company operates more than 750 child care and early
education centers worldwide.
About Russell Matthews, Ph.D.
Dr. Matthews is an Assistant Professor at Bowling Green State University. He
received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational psychology from the University
of Connecticut in 2007, and also holds graduate certificates in Occupational
Health Psychology and Quantitative Research Methodology. Prior to joining the
faculty at BGSU, Dr. Matthews was an Assistant Professor at Louisiana State
University. Before that he worked for IBM as a part of the Global Selection
and Assessment Team. Dr. Matthews primarily conducts research examining the
work-family interface, the stressor-strain process, and employee well-being
SOURCE Bright Horizons Family Solutions
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