Back-up care is needed when primary child care or elder care arrangements fall through due to illness, vacation or other unexpected circumstances, according to a press release on the survey from the work-life benefits consultant.
“With increasing numbers of working parents also having to care for elderly relatives, the need for back-up care services is rising,” said Alan King, president of Workplace Options, in the news release.
Ninety-three percent of respondents said back-up care would be “clearly valuable” or “extremely valuable,” if it were available at their company.
Demand for back-up care services was also strong across all income brackets, with 86% of households earning less than $30,000 and 75% earning more than $100,000 a year saying back-up care is “extremely valuable.”
When asked how comfortable they would be about using a back-up care program, 85% said they would be comfortable using such programs, with little difference between men and women.