Caring at a Distance: bridging the gap

Caring at a Distance: bridging the gap

This research examines the impacts on employers and employees of managing caring at a distance. With our ageing population and workforce – and increasing mobility through employment – managing caring at a distance is moving centre stage as a business issue. The research is based on a survey of around 1000 employees who have caring responsibilities at a distance, along with 50 major employers.

The pressure on the “sandwich generation” emerges loud and clear - people, often women, who are combining care for an older relative with a range of other responsibilities including looking after their own children. Most respondents (60%) were in this age group - age 40 to 54 and reported the cumulative pressures of caring, not just the physical component but the mental aspect associated with stress, anxiety and tiredness.

Published by Employers for Carers, Carers UK and Nomura. June 2011

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