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.
What Working Caregivers Can Do
Take the Statewide Working Caregivers survey. Your responses will gauge the needs of employed caregivers and inform our efforts to help.
What Employers Can Do for Working Caregivers
Read our 'Caregivers in the Workplace Guide' for information to help provide balance for your employees. Share it with your HR Department.
Encourage your employees to take the Working Caregivers Survey, so you can learn more about their needs and experiences.
Encourage your employees to discover their score on the ARCHANGELS Caregiver Intensity Index (CII).
- 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.
- 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.