Focus on the Family Care Benefit

November 6, 2019

November is National Family Caregivers Month! Use this awareness campaign to highlight the many Americans who take care of sick or injured family members — and how the Family Care Benefit can help.

Family Care Benefit Facts

About 43.5 million Americans provide unpaid care for an adult or child. And 14.6 million Americans are trying to balance full-time employment with their caretaking responsibilities. Six in 10 of these caregivers reported having to cut back hours or find some sort of work accommodation.

How the Family Care Benefit Helps

Scenario 1: A chief financial officer learns his wife has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The executive reduces his hours and pay for a period of time to help care for his wife — and to spend as much time as possible with her. 

Scenario 2: A marketing manager’s teenage son suffers serious injuries from a car accident, resulting in an extended hospital stay. She cuts work hours and pay to be by her son’s side as he recovers.

Caring for a seriously ill or injured loved one in situations like these can be stressful enough. The Family Care Benefit — exclusive to The Standard — can help relieve the financial stress of taking time off from work to help that person. It pays a benefit when an employee reduces work hours to care for a spouse, parent or child with a serious health condition.

Share the Family Care Benefit flyer with your producers. It details why it’s so important and how it works.

1  Caregiving in the U.S. 2015, National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP Public Policy Institute: