Tunstall Healthcare, the leading provider of telehealth and telecare solutions, has renewed its commitment to supporting working carers by joining Employers for Carers, the national membership forum for employers supported by Carers UK.
The purpose of the forum is to ensure that employers can retain employees with caring responsibilities,as not only is supporting working carers the right thing to do, but it also makes good business sense. The forum provides advice and support, and identifies and promotes the business benefits of supporting working carers. It also influences government and employment policy and practice.
According to Employers for Carers, over three million people combine work with caring for someone who is in need of support, with carers making up over 12% of the total UK workforce – which is one in every seven employees.
The pressures of juggling work with caring responsibilities can affect the health and wellbeing of carers. Furthermore, many working carers face having to reduce their salaried hours or giving up work altogether, which impacts on businesses and the wider economy. Indeed, a report by the Government, Employers for Carers and Carers UK entitled Supporting Working Carers highlights the social and economic imperative of supporting carers in the workplace, stating that better support can bring considerable benefits to carers, employers and the economy. The report also stated that working carers can benefit from the use of assistive technology in order to help combine work with caring.
Gemma Reucroft, UK & Ireland HR Director, Tunstall Healthcare, said:
We applaud the work of Employers for Carers and are delighted to have joined the forum to demonstrate our commitment to this important issue. Tunstall is dedicated to ensuring that all of our employees with caring responsibilities are not only aware of our flexible working opportunities, but are also given the support they need to balance the dual demands of work and caring.
There are currently six and a half million carers in the UK and with a rapidly ageing population this number is predicted to rise to nine million by 2037. Employers for Carers insist this is an issue none of us can afford to ignore.
For more information, visit Employers for Carers
Friday 29 November is Carers Rights Day. A day dedicated to getting carers the information and advice they need to claim benefits, access practical support and find out how technology can help take the pressure off. For more information, visit Carers Rights Day