October 16, 2021

Companies must provide more help to their caregivers

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By Véronique Rocchi, President of France d’Avenir

Eight to eleven million people support a loved one on a daily basis with illness or disability, or with loss of autonomy due to age.

Also, despite a personal involvement that many consider “natural”, numerous surveys highlight the negative impacts of the caregiver’s role on their state of health, their well-being but also on their social, professional and income life. This is why their recognition and support represent an important social issue. Support for caregivers is also a growing societal issue, which employers are facing. The mobilization of companies is decisive; special attention must be paid to the specific situation of caregivers in employment.

Half of family caregivers have a job, one in ten employees is a caregiver.

Adjustment of working hours, reductions in working time, work stoppages, demotivation or even resignations, are all consequences that directly affect the situation of the employee-caregiver, but also on the company. Several studies show the significant financial impact for companies. As such, it is an objective that fully relates to CSR.

We must put in place the strategy of reconciliation between professional and personal life of caregivers as a priority.
Measures are likely to encourage companies to engage in proactive approaches aimed at better taking into account the situation of their employee-caregivers for a better reconciliation, professional and personal life. The work must focus on the conditions necessary to broaden the criteria of CSR to this issue, on the identification of levers in favor of an effective integration and appropriation of this issue by companies. They will focus on the development and promotion of best practices. Particular attention should be paid to small and medium-sized enterprises.

They will be based in particular on an inventory of company practices and available tools, on dialogue with all stakeholders, including associations representing relatives.

What economic and social situation when you are a woman and a senior caregiver? What impact on the personal and professional life of senior women (54-65 years old)?

Life is not a long calm river, it is made up of several journeys.

Divorce, death of spouse; One in 50 Senior women is affected by the dissolution of their couple, however almost a third of them play a role of caregiver with a loved one, the consequences are significant on their standard of living and their professional trajectories.

How to better take into account their needs and constraints?

How to better take into account their needs and constraints? Senior women would be around 1.1 million to help a spouse, a parent, a child, a brother or a sister in the acts of daily life, for care or support. monitoring This sometimes intense help, daily in 25% of cases, has a significant and often negative impact on the quality of life of caregivers, particularly in terms of health or the sacrifices made. It can also have repercussions on professional life: forced adjustments to the activity, giving up professional development and more rarely leaving the labor market.

There is a need to ensure consistency of status between a helper for a disabled person and a helper for a person with a loss of autonomy. More specifically, the proposals aim to harmonize the mechanisms that remunerate or compensate caregivers and existing leaves, to consolidate the leave for informal caregivers, to promote the reconciliation between professional and family or personal life and finally to rethink the rights to the retirement of caregivers.

It should be noted that the current reform paths do not specifically concern senior women but are intended to apply to all caregivers.

Faced with demographic change: aging, aging disability, health

Aging implies finding a fair and effective balance between periods of employment and retirement, it is necessary to modernize the retirement system, but also to support Seniors, Senior carers. What are we doing for the aging of the population, the aging disability? What intergenerational role?

Economic inequalities and insecurity: measures for an inclusive economy

Equal opportunities, social protection, fair and efficient fiscal and social redistribution … Even if France is in a better position than most other countries, so that economic opportunities benefit the greatest number and are equitably distributed, France must ” act on several fronts, at different stages in the economic life of individuals.

The establishment of the report traces a framework for the future of our society by the forces of proposals and political decisions to be carried out in ethics, human dignity, intergenerational solidarity sharing for a win-win system, which values ​​mutual aid between generations.

Véronique Rocchi
President of France d’Avenir