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Businesses Struggle With Issue of “Caregiver” Employees

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Recent statistics show that more than 44 million Americans are providing caregiving for an adult family member and 61 percent of those caregivers are also working either full or part time.  And if that’s not enough, about 13 percent of American households, known as the "sandwich generation" are caring for both children and aging parents.  How are employers dealing with this?

Mike Switzer interviews Barbara Franklin, who leads the Business Task Force of the Greater Charleston Chapter of the National Aging in Place Council.

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.