A new joint report has been published by the Government, Employers for Carers and Carers UK which calls for more support in helping carers to juggle work and care.
The report, titled Supporting Working Carers, warns that in addition to losing money, businesses risk losing valuable, experienced employees if action is not urgently taken to enable people with caring responsibilities to remain in work.
It is estimated that there are currently more than three million employees who have to balance their work commitments and caring responsibilities; almost two million of these people work full time. With a rapidly ageing population, the number of people who will face the challenge of balancing work and caring responsibilities is set to grow; this is therefore a growing challenge that businesses will need to address.
A number of recommendations for workplace support for carers are suggested within the report, including steps to increase employee awareness and access to assistive technology. Services including telecare, telehealth and assistive ICT solutions, can be particularly instrumental in enabling carers to combine work and care. For example, products such as pill dispensers and fall alarms can play an important role in helping carers.
Read the report Supporting Working Carers