NATIONAL—Today, family elder care coordinator Homethrive announced its partnership with international law firm McDermott Will & Emery to offer their employees a fully-covered family caregiver services benefit as part of the Firm’s broader benefits package. McDermott will offer Homethrive’s services to all employees in their US offices available immediately. Through Homethrive, the Firm’s employees will have access to Care Guides assigned to each family who provides coaching and concierge services for aging loved ones living at home, ultimately reducing employee stress. Offering Homethrive to its employees builds upon the Firm’s commitment to the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Well-Being Pledge, which prioritizes increased mental health and overall well-being support among legal employers.
The hidden costs of the care economy affect both employers and employees. According to a Harvard Business School survey, three out of four employees reported having some type of caregiving responsibility and more than 80 percent of employees reported caregiving has affected their productivity at work. The impact of caregiving responsibilities has the potential to cause employees to not fully achieve their potential in the workplace, lose productivity, or possibly end a successful career early.
Homethrive works by matching each employee with a Care Guide that serves as a coach. Care Guides work with employees to learn about the loved one, identify opportunities, recommend, and arrange services to help the employee shoulder the burden of caregiving.