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The Hidden Costs of Care on Employers

By Clearday Research Team

It is widely understood that dementia is a heavy financial burden for those who suffer from it directly. However, employers may also be burdened by the hidden costs of care.

Caregivers spend an average of 20 additional hours a week managing tasks that distract them from their full-time jobs—more often than not, these tasks take focus away during the traditional workday, creating a distraction amplification of impact. Caregiving has shown to reduce work productivity by 18.5% and in addition to productivity reduction, 34% of unpaid family caregivers often feel they have to leave their job because of lack of work flexibility and resources. This employee turnover can cost employers a substantial amount.

More than 1 in 6 Americans working full-time or part-time report assisting with the care of an elderly or disabled family member, relative, or friend. Working and caring for others can cost an organization up to 50% in revenue and productivity per employee, and the cost to recruit and replace employees seeking more flexibility or financial independence is 1.5-2x as much. 

Moreover, existing home health care businesses cannot keep up with demand, as a result of a massive labor shortage. Due to competition from external applicants and a lack of career opportunities, businesses are challenged to grow, and this may even put additional strain on current employees. This combination of challenges negatively impacts the quality of care, a brand’s reputation in the market, and ability to recruit and retain talents — all of which create substantial financial pressures on a business.For 42 million family caregivers, we offer a reliable way to support aging in place, for longer. Clearday at Home provides the resources and confidence to manage in-home care and delay the cost of out-of-home care. See how Clearday helps here.

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