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The new employee perk that's slowly taking hold: Help for those caring for aging parents

The new employee perk that's slowly taking hold: Help for those caring for aging parents

When Cindy Mayer’s dad started to go blind and she “became his eyes,” most other parts of her life fell by the wayside.

Her social life dwindled. "My friends probably thought I died 10 years ago," she said with a chuckle.

The floors in her Norwood Park home, on Chicago's Northwest Side, went unwashed for years.

Mayer, who worked as a home health aide, thought she would also have to quit her job, as she felt guilty turning down assignments or calling off last minute when an emergency arose.

But when she tried to resign, her employer had another idea: It offered to create a part-time position for Mayer as a field supervisor who helps aides acclimate to new...

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