I am a business gerontologist. I am also one of the most passionate advocates of canine rescue, adoption and care. However, when I weigh what I read about employee benefit offerings, I am afraid to say I see more offerings involving pet insurance than eldercare assistance from employers.
This has me, as well as dogs, tipping our heads sideways. What is wrong with this picture? Being such a canine advocate, I would love for every company to offer pet insurance. But I would much rather see an increase in the number of companies offering eldercare assistance. And I am not talking about “calling an 800 number” or viewing a web site.” God knows this just adds hours more work for the employee in trying to understand the maze that is eldercare and the learning process it requires (unless, of course, a geriatric care manager, eldercare social worker or gerontologist is at the other end).
Pet insurance folks, help! how did you make this so easy?
When we begin addressing the issue of health, financial wellness and productivity, we must consider how the eldercare responsibilities of our employees affect those issues.
Let us make 2016 the year we bring this (mostly silent) problem into the spotlight.
Photo courtesy Lorel Sack; “Sukie”