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Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). Eldercare in the Workplace Survey Summary June 2010. Prepared by: Center for Healthy Aging. Survey Statistics/Highlights. Eldercare in the Workplace Survey.

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Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA)

Eldercare in the Workplace

Survey Summary

June 2010

Prepared by: Center for Healthy Aging

eldercare in the workplace survey
Eldercare in the Workplace Survey

Providing care to parents, other family members, or friends is becoming pervasive. People do not necessarily know what to do or where to go for help. This survey is designed to help identify the issues and problems of eldercare in the workplace. Once the issues are identified, we can start taking steps towards developing helpful educational and service programs.

This study is sponsored by the State of Nevada Governor’s Commission on Aging and the Center for Healthy Aging in cooperation with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The survey questions were designed to gather information about the issues and needs that workers have in trying to meet the responsibilities of providing care to older adults (50 years and older).

  • Survey was sent via email on May 24, 2010 to 484 employees
  • 87 responses were collected = 17.9%
  • First response was collected on May 24, 2010
  • Last response was collected on June 3, 2010

All responses were voluntary and confidential

  • 48 employees spend and average of 104 working hours per year on caregiving responsibilities. Based on their average salary, the employer’s cost is approximately $400,000/year
  • One-half of the caregivers are in the early stages of caregiving (0 – 1 year)
    • a good time to reach them with information and education
  • 71% of caregivers responded that their work/career has been affected in some capacity due to their caregiving responsibilities
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Highlights continued . . .
  • 58.8% indicated they take personal time for their caregiving responsibilities; 26.8% have used their vacation time
  • 60.6% of the caregivers would like to know more about Caregiving benefits offered through their employer
  • 62.7% of the employees rated their health as good; 17.6% as excellent; and 19.6% as poor.
    • Health concerns arise when employees are also caregivers. The stress of balancing work and caregiving responsibilities can negatively impact the employee’s health. Costs (ie: premiums) for the employer can (and typically do) increase when the employee’s health declines.

(87 responders)

  • Other:
  • Mother in law moved in with us for full care
  • Legal Guardian – Live with to provide daily care
  • Medicare, Social Security Benefits, Medical Insurance

(59 responders)

  • Other:
  • Aunt – 3

Does the care recipient have memory impairment, such as Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia? (55 responders)

  • Yes = 21.8%
  • No = 78.2%

In a typical week, how many hours of care of each activity do you provide?

  • (55 responders)
  • Other activities:
  • Phone call interaction (about 1-2 hrs per week)
  • Monitoring his breathing/wakefulness to guard against injury from falls, burns, broken glass, etc.
  • 12+ hrs visits (2-3 hrs per week)
  • Companionship

(49 responders)

  • Other:
  • Turn down work-related travel
  • Turn down a promotion
  • Consider changing employer
  • Consider leaving work entirely

(33 responders)

  • Other:
  • Communicating with your supervisor and work colleagues about your family caregiving situation
  • Juggling work and caregiving
  • Personal care skills such as bathing, transferring, and feeding
  • Dealing with loss and grief
  • Understanding how your relationships change throughout the caregiver journey

(38 responders)

  • Other:
  • Online