The 3 Minute Support for Caregivers

Caregiving Relief

Working caregivers are family members who care for a loved one plus hold a full-time job. Caregiving and working a job are two components when tied together create influences that affect a person's well-being.

A study by Eliza Corporation, in partnership with Altarum Institute, found that circumstantial life factors like financial stress, caregiving, and relationship issues have a clear impact on health and productivity. There are several other factors that affect a person's health but for the sake of this article, caregiving is my emphasis.

Today, 43.5 million adults care for loved ones aged 55 and over who are sick, frail, or disabled. They live with chronic illnesses like heart disease, cancer, diabetes and arthritis. And another 14.9 million adults care for a loved one living with some form of dementia.

Employment and Caregiving

One out of six employees has caregiving responsibilities. They struggle to find their balance between elder care and their job responsibilities. How the working caregivers stats play out:

  • 66% of employed caregivers report arriving late, leaving early, or taking time off from work to tend to caregiving issues,
  • 20% have taken a leave of absence
  • Employees with caregiving responsibilities cost their employers an additional 8% in health care expenses (or an extra $13.4 billion per year for all U.S. employers).due to health related issues
  • Caregiving costs businesses roughly between $17.1 billion and $33.6 billion annually in lost productivity.

Because giving care while working full-time is so stressful, the effects can filter into other aspects of life causing strain in relationships and impede job performance too. And since working caregivers arrive to work late or leave early, their productivity suffers most days of the week.

This was my experience during the elder care years for my parents. We lived 125 miles apart and I worked full-time for a technology firm in Austin. It was hard for the three of us. Although my parents hired extra help for cooking and cleaning, they preferred having me around instead. What made it more difficult; More than anything, I wanted to help them. This was in 2002 when there was little talk about caregiving issues at work (those directed to aging relatives.)

My caregiving stress derived from not being there for my parents. Unlike others who suffer stress from doing too much, my anxiety came from doing too little. Unfortunately, my job required "hands-on" sales work in the office because the employer did not permit telecommuting. I admit there were many days that productivity was lost to worry. My employer, like many, did not truly understand the hardship people like us encountered. Oh, how I wished they had.

Help for the Caregiver Working Full-time

Help for the Working Caregiver

Today, employers awaken to the issues family caregivers face at work. They tune into workers' needs more and I believe employers have many more opportunities to help relieve the stress that elder care creates. A friend of mine, Anthony Cirillo, introduced me to a new service for working caregivers. It's designed to give support to an individual each day for thirty days, three minutes at a time.

It's a video service delivered to the email box of the working caregiver each day. Before the individual begins their job tasks, they listen to a three-minute video. The singing and message on the video, arranged by Anthony Cirillo, a health care advocate, songwriter and entertainer.

Several videos arrived in my email box. After viewing each one, I felt a sense of peace and hope. I'm glad for the opportunity to receive the uplifting experience. My only wish is that the videos were part of my caregiving mornings, especially those at work. I know my focus on the job would have improved. My morale would have improved too knowing that my employer valued me as an employee.

A wealth of research has found that people with strong support or satisfying relationships with family members, friends, and peers are generally happier, healthier and live longer. Connections give people a sense of purpose, belonging, security, and control in life. These relationships can bolster self-esteem and self-worth, spurring the confidence needed to cope with challenges and stressful events.

While the 30-Day program does not replace human connection, it can lead to it. The videos impart a calming, meditative and reflective state.

Benefits for the Working Caregiver

The result of the 30-day caregiving video program works magic by changing an individual's perception of elder care; from burden to joy. Each day you'll receive help with your journey. You'll learn practical tips to take care of yourself and how to cherish the moments, the lessons you learn, and to prepare for your own aging

It's quick - In 3 minutes, you can view the videos with your morning cup of tea or coffee. It's a wonderful way to start the day.

It's entertaining and fun: Anthony creates and delivers the videos directly sent to the working caregiver.

Give it a try, first time buyers get a 50% discount by entering the Code: Care50.

My only wish, that the videos were available during my caregiving days.

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