There are tens of millions of family caregivers in the U.S., most of whom are working. John Schall, CEO of the Caregiver Action Network, will discuss how caregiving employees are impacting the bottom line and what companies can do to help support their caregiving employees. His presentation will include data quantifying the problem as well as to provide an overview of CAN’s unique program – Assisting Caregiving Employees (ACE).
The ACE program was developed jointly by CAN and Partners on the Path to help employers address the needs of family caregivers in the workplace. The program helps major companies and organizations provide their caregiving employees the resources they need to help with their caregiving responsibilities so that they can remain productive and healthy employees.
Being unprepared for family caregiving puts a huge burden on both the employee and the employer. Data show that there are significant costs associated with caregiving employees including: productivity costs ($33 billion); higher employer-related health care costs for the caregiver ($13 billion); and the expense of recruiting and retraining new employees to replace caregiving employees ($6 billion). Being aware of resources, and having a manager who is aware, reduces disruptions at work and home and makes for better outcomes for all.
About CAN: The Caregiver Action Network is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. CAN serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease. CAN (formerly the National Family Caregivers Association) is a non-profit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge.
Speaker: John Schall, CEO of the Caregiver Action Network (CAN)
John Schall is a public policy and communications professional with noted expertise in a wide range of policy fields, including healthcare, labor, education, economic development, taxation, and budget policy. He became Chief Executive Officer of the Caregiver Action Network (formerly the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA)) in June 2012. Prior to CAN, Mr. Schall was Deputy CEO of the Parkinson’s Action Network.
John also brings to CAN a wealth of experience in senior federal government positions, including serving as former Sen. Bob Dole’s chief budget advisor; chief of staff of the U.S. Department of Labor in the early 1990s; and as deputy of the White House Domestic Policy Council under President George H.W. Bush. He earned a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A. with distinction and honors in political science from the University of Michigan.
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