Caring for Elders and Other Adults

The Office of Work/Live gives all benefits-eligible employees options for short-term backup care and resources for longer-term solutions.

Planning Resources

Harvard offers multiple resources that can help faculty and staff plan for and support an elder or other adult.

  • Harvard's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides advice and recommendations on any elder- or adult-care issue, and referrals to resources nationwide.
  • The Senior Care Planning program, provided by, helps faculty and staff navigate the ever-changing demands of caring for an aging family member or other adult by connecting them with a professional senior care advisor, a licensed geriatric social worker who is an expert in adult and elder care. The program also provides referrals and access to vetted services around the country.

Backup Care

If an adult relative’s needs or care arrangements suddenly change or your regular care is unavailable, you can find backup care to cope with a short-term need.

  • Backup Care is a service that sends a screened and qualified care provider to your adult relative’s home. You must pre-register and submit a waiver for this service. Please go here for details on the registration process and to learn more about all services available through

    Please note: Adult back-up care may require an assessment of care needs and therefore as much time as possible should be allowed.
  • The SOURCE Program provides employees up to $350 per year to help pay for back-up care. Benefits-eligible employees with a full-time equivalent annual salary of less than $75,000 are eligible.