Caring for your employees and their loved ones

30 September 2015
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One in seven workers leave their job to concentrate on caring for a loved one.

As the living age continues to increase, it’s becoming more common for your employees to become working carers.

Giving your employees access to information and guidance not only shows your support, but also helps to protect your business.  

The rise in working carers

In a recent survey, over a quarter of businesses have someone who needed to make adjustments to their working patterns to care for someone living with dementia. According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, there are 9.9 million new cases of dementia each year worldwide, which is set to increase. 

On average, working carers leave the workforce eight years earlier than others. As a growing business, losing talent and loss of productivity due to time off can have a big impact. 

How can you help? 

Juggling a full-time job and care responsibilities can be exhausting and can affect your employees’ physical and mental health. With the average carer spending 28 hours per week caring for someone with dementia, it’s important to acknowledge that they might need support.

We understand how important it is to support your employees with all aspects of their health, which is why we’ve introduced our elderly care support line. 

Here at Bupa we want to help as many people as possible so our elderly care support line can be accessed by anyone. You can share the free telephone number with your employees and our team of experts will only be a phone call away whenever they need support. Whether they need guidance, advice or information on their choices when caring for an elderly loved one, our elderly care support team should be able to assist.

Working with our partners to offer advice

Our team are there to offer support on anything your employees might need help with. We utilise our partnerships with charities and businesses to meet the demand of our callers and give them with the information they’re looking for. 

Some of the everyday topics we offer advice on include:

• healthy eating 
• ways to stay warm
• budgeting and finance 
• care homes 
• respite care 
• dementia support

Find out more about our small and medium business health insurance

If you’re already a customer, you can speak to our elderly care support line by calling 0333 331 4423.

About Bupa

Bupa's purpose is helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives.

With no shareholders, our customers are our focus. We reinvest profits into providing more and better healthcare for the benefit of current and future customers.

We have 15.5 million health insurance customers, provide healthcare to around 14.5 million people in our clinics and hospitals, and look after over 23,300 aged care residents.

We employ over 78,000 people, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, Poland, Chile, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the USA, Brazil, the Middle East and Ireland, and many more through our associate businesses in Saudi Arabia and India.

Health insurance is around 70% of our business. In a number of countries, we also run clinics, dental centres, hospitals and care homes and villages.

For more information, visit www.bupa.com

 
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