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Help For Working Caregivers

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Caregiving in New York


There are an estimated 4.1 million caregivers in New York State. Yet more than half don’t even self-identify as caregivers. If you routinely provide help to a friend or family member, then you are a caregiver. This can include many activities: household tasks, transportation help, assisting with medical or self-care needs, and more. If you are a business, you can also provide help to working caregivers who face unique stresses. Some resources are below. Please also see our caregiver resource page for additional help


What You Can Do — At a Glance

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A Caregivers Guide

NYSOFA has developed this new Caregiver’s Guide video to help individuals self-identify as caregivers and learn more about resources that can help support them in this demanding role.

What Working Caregivers Can Do

What Employers Can Do for Working Caregivers

Why it Matters for Caregivers


  • 61% of caregivers worry about caring for a family member, friend, or neighbor.
  • 55% individuals in this role don’t self-identify as caregivers.
  • 50% of caregivers use food to cope and reduce stress.
  • 33% of caregivers use substances to cope versus 6% of the general population.
  • 31% of caregivers have contemplated suicide versus just 3% of the general population.
Why it Matters for Businesses


  • The costs of caregiving to business and industry exceed $50 billion annually.
  • In the U.S. today, one in six employees is a caregiver for a relative or friend and spends, on average, more than 20 hours a week providing some kind of care.
  • 75% of people trust their employer and are more likely to follow their employer’s lead when it comes to balancing their work and caregiving duties.
  • 70% of working caregivers suffer work-related difficulties due to their dual roles.
  • 49% of working caregivers report arriving to work late, leaving early or taking time off.
  • 69% of caregivers report having to rearrange their work schedule, decrease their hours, or take unpaid leave in order to meet responsibilities.