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 receives this waiver, the employee's name is added to an automatic file feed that goes to Care.com on a nightly basis. This process takes about a day. Once you are registered, you will be able to create an account that will allow you to contact Care.com.
Once you have submitted a waiver, received a confirmation, and created a Care@ Work account with Care.com, you may proceed directly to HU.Care.com and log in to your account to access the benefit that is right for you.
"Senior Sense" Newsletters
As part of the Senior Care Planning program, we are pleased to connect you to "Senior Sense," a newsletter provided by Care.com. Recent topics:
- The Hidden Costs of Alzheimer's Disease
- Moving a loved one into a Nursing Home: Tips for a Smooth Transition
- 7 Lessons Learned After Mom Fell
- Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst
- Navigating the Caregiving Frontier: 6 Steps to Accepting Your New Normal
- Mindfulness Benefits
- Choosing an Elder Law Attorney
- Caregiving from a Distance" Learning to Make the Best of It
- Want To Enjoy Old Age? This 90-Year-Old Has One Simple Trick, And Science Backs Her Up
- We Are Not Our Parents' Parents
- I Spent 30 Years Advising Families On Senior Care & I Still Wasn’t Ready To Care For My Mom
- 4 Tips for Balancing Caregiving with a Career
- Support for Sandwich Generation Caregivers
- Sometimes Doing Nothing Is the Most Important Thing You Can Do
- A Very COVID Christmas and Other Holiday Concerns
- New Year New You?
- Choosing Your Battles As a Caregiver
- Caring For A Parent Who Couldn’t Care For You
- When Caregiver Guilt Hits, Choose Differently
Senior Care Seminars
As part of this program, occasional on-line seminars are offered throughout the year.
Webinar Series 2021
May 4 (1-2pm EST): Caregiving Technology, Gadgets, Apps and More
There is a wealth of technology products and services available to help caregivers care for aging loved ones. GPS and artificial intelligence-based products, voice assist and medication safety gadgets, medical apps, robotic solutions, virtual reality, wearables, hearables and sensor clothing are all helping family members keep loved ones healthy, keep them safe and keep them connected to avoid isolation and loneliness. There are also tech solutions to help caregivers – whether it’s shopping, creating more education and empathy about a loved one’s condition or finding balance and calm. This webinar takes the audience on a Tech Tour of these products, apps and gadgets and more importantly, where to find them and how much they cost. Register for this webinar here.
August 3 (1-2pm EST): Caught in the Middle: How to Cope as a Sandwich Generation Caregiver
Are you juggling the care of your parents and kids while trying to focus on your job too? If so, you are probably in the caregiving sandwich and you’re not alone. Nearly half of adults ages 40-59 are caring for both an aging parent and child and most are also in the workforce. Is there a way for sandwich generation caregivers, whether you are a daughter, son, spouse or partner, to manage it all without feeling guilty and depleted? The answer is yes, but you’ll need some support, both at home and at work. If you are caught in the middle, don’t miss this lively and dynamic webinar in which you will learn important caregiving strategies and find ways to take care of yourself too. Register for this webinar here.
November 2 (1-2pm EST): 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, whether in-person or virtually! 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. This webinar will help you identify what changes might be warning signs of decline and what steps to take to address those concerns. Register for this webinar here.
*Recordings of each webinar will be available following the live event for those who registered*