April 12, 2021
If there’s a single positive after-effect regarding the pandemic, it is the attention generated for the plight of family caregivers. Balancing work and home life has always been a tremendous challenge for anyone taking care of a senior member of the family. As Lindsay Jurist-Rosner, CEO of Wellthy, explains, “Caregiving went from a silent struggle to being in the spotlight overnight.”
Businesses were unexpectedly placed into the fire of navigating an environment of managing the safety of staff with the necessity to uphold productivity. Here is what we discovered – and what we should be expecting in the future:
- More telecommuting. People who began working from home in the last year have, in several cases, proven their ability to be more productive. As a result, it is forecast that up to 25 – 30% of the workforce within the U.S. will continue telecommuting at least a few days weekly this year.
- Reduced stress. Eliminating the daily commute opens up more time for self-care for family caregivers, while enhancing peace of mind. This is particularly true for individuals who relied on public transportation and were concerned with compromised health safety. To further boost mental wellness, many employers are offering subscriptions to meditation and mindfulness smartphone apps.
- A corporate culture of caring. Working from home has opened up the personal elements of our lives to employers. Zoom meetings share our living spaces with each other, including the appearance of pets, children, and other household members. As a result, the workplace has started to become more humanized, creating a much more empathetic working environment.
- Emphasis on mental wellness. Along those lines, there is also now increased awareness of the value of attending to our mental health. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll reported that up to 45 percent of adults experienced negative mental health affects because of the pandemic – and an even higher percentage in people who function as family caregivers for older senior loved ones. Many employers are now implementing ways to attend to the mental health of their employees, such as offering virtual trips and adventures to give the chance to escape and relax.
Let Continuum further help nurture a healthier work-life balance with our trusted respite care services. Regular, ongoing respite care is vital to the general wellness of family caregivers. Our skilled and compassionate care team is on hand to help with anything from only a few hours every week up to and including 24/7 care. Fill out our online contact form or give us a call at (314) 863-9912 or (636) 861-3336 to schedule a no cost in-home consultation to find out more about how we provide the kind of home care Ballwin, St. Louis, and other nearby areas prefer most. For a full list of the locations we serve, please visit our Service Area page.