This article accompanies And Mother, Too.
Demographic shifts show that more and more companies are going to be faced with the decision of whether or not to transfer elder parents, in-laws or relatives along with the employees they are relocating.
In response to this trend, Ann Marie Schwein -- a consultant with the St. Louis-based Impact Group -- provides a checklist of services companies should be providing or helping relocatees find in their new locations.
* Identifying senior centers and elder-care living facilities (skilled care, retirement communities), based on level of care;
* Physician referral services, plus doctors and dentists who work well with elders;
* Elder-care activities (bingo, tours to places, etc) and senior-citizen centers;
* Shopping centers/grocery stores near facilities;
* Transportation to activities;
* Allowing the employee time for long-distance caregiving -- extended leave (paid or unpaid) from work to make sure the elder is adjusting well and getting his or her needs addressed;
* Providing counseling for employee/elder on long-term-care insurance;
* Providing resources to employee/recipient on managing the stresses of caregiving (EAP);
* Helping the elder to physically make the move by providing services such as in-home nursing assistance -- either to just check in on them on a periodic basis or to have a live-in situation for a temporary period of time, until it is established that the elder has properly adjusted;
* Offering discounts on elder-care products and programs;
* Social Security office locations;
* Ombudsman resources -- assisting with elder-care issues that need to be addressed by the state, county or facility.