October 28th, 2013
Employers for Carers www.employersforcarers.org and Carers UK www.carersuk.org are conducting their first ever research survey into the impacts on employers and employees of caring for a family member or friend with dementia.
With our ageing population, dementia is becoming an increasingly significant issue in the workplace; more and more people are combining work and caring for older, sick or disabled loved ones.
Dementia is not only mentioned regularly by members of Employers for Carers but also featured in Carers UK State of Caring Survey 2013. The Survey found that:
Nearly one in five carers were looking after family members with dementia
These carers were more likely (than other carers) to be combining this with full time employment (despite being older on average than the rest of the sample population).
Thus, Employers for Carers and Carers UK are conducting this piece of research to improve the understanding of the key issues and support needs for such employees and practical ways in which employers and other parties can help.
This is a short survey that can be completed in about 10 minutes.
Why does this matter now?
Employers are increasingly recognising caring as a key issue for workforce retention, recruitment and resilience.
The survey is now live on Survey Monkey and can be accessed via the following links:
Employer Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/employersurveyondementia
Employee Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/caringforsomeonewithdementia
Obviously we're very keen to maximize responses, so please pass this on to any of your relevant staff, colleagues and networks.
The survey will close by Friday 20 December 2013 and we'll publish the results by March 2014, including recommendations for action and a practical resource for employers completing the survey. Nothing in the survey report will be attributable in any way (and you can reply anonymously if you wish).