Senior Care Planning

The Senior Care Planning Program
This service helps faculty and staff navigate the ever-changing demands of caring for an aging family member or other adult by connecting you 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. Services are free of charge and include:

  • In-depth individual and family consultation: Professional guidance, planning, and ongoing support for the faculty or staff member and their family;
  • Customized action plans: Clear and actionable steps for caregivers and their families;
  • Facilitated family meetings: Siblings and other family members can clarify roles and  plan together; and
  • Access to national networks: Referrals to vetted providers across the U.S., including geriatric care managers, elder law attorneys, at-home care services, back-up care, senior housing, adult day programs, transportation, and Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Senior Care Planning staff will also negotiate on behalf of clients for preferred rates.

Note: Register before you need it! To use any service provided by Care@Work, Harvard faculty and staff must complete and return a waiver. Once the Office of Work/Life receive this waiver, the employee's name is added to an automatic filed feed that goes to Care.com on a weekly basis.

To reach the Senior Care Planning program, please go here or call 855-781-1303, and press 3 for Senior Care Planning.  Call hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm.

Senior Care Seminars
As part of this program, webinars and seminars are offered througout the year.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia: Caregiving Challenges and Strategies

There are more than 5 million Americans currently living with Alzheimer’s disease and more than 15 million family caregivers who help them in the U.S. Within the next ten years, that number is projected to increase by forty percent. This seminar will review the different forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, and signs your loved one may have the disease. Despite the devastating nature of Alzheimer’s disease, there are supports out there that can make a difference and help you continue to connect with your Mom or Dad. Learn about caregiving strategies and types of care that can improve the quality of life for both you and your parent.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017; 1:00-2:00pm; Online webinar. Register for this webinar here.

Caregiving and the Holidays: What to do when a Visit to Mom and Dad Raises Red Flags

The holidays can be a wonderful time to spend with family. But over the course of a visit you may worry that Mom has forgotten how to make her famous pumpkin pie and Dad can’t seem to find the right words. During the holiday season, you might notice a shift in your parent’s behavior or cognition, which can lead to increased anxiety and fear increase. This online webinar will help you identify what changes might be warning signs of decline and what steps to take to address those concerns.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017; 1:00-2:00pm; Online webinar.  Register for this webinar here.