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
Read more "Senior Sense" columns and elder care advice here.
Senior Care Seminars
As part of this program, occasional on-site and on-line seminars are offered througout the year.
Webinar Series 2019
Advocacy in Healthcare Settings
While you hope to never receive the dreaded call that mom has fallen or dad had a stroke, many families are not prepared for what happens next. Knowing the right questions to ask, how to be an effective advocate, and what documents to have in place can make a difference. Planning ahead may help you navigate the complex and often fragmented healthcare system, which can lead to better outcomes. Learn how to communicate more effectively with healthcare providers, address grievances, and identify helpful resources. Tuesday, February 5, 1:00pm - 2:00pm. Register here.
Important Resources for Family Caregivers
As family caregivers, we are often confronted with a confusing array of choices. How can you sort out the various senior living arrangements, in-home services and care options, so you can determine what’s best for your loved one? How do you find the right support for yourself so you can handle your caregiving responsibilities along with everything else? Learn about the long-term care landscape including resources and costs so that you can be an informed and proactive caregiver. Tuesday, May 7, 1:00pm - 2:00pm. Register here.
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 10 years, that number is projected to increase by 40 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 6, 1:00pm - 2:00pm. Register here.
Maximizing Quality of Life as You Age
Whether retirement seems far away or just around the corner, it’s important to maximize quality of life as we age. In order to do that, it’s helpful to consider how best to enhance wellbeing, independence and social connection. This seminar will cover topics such as livable communities, in-home supports, technology resources and the cost of long-term care. Tuesday, November 5, 1:00pm - 2:00pm. Register here.
Recordings of each webinar will be available following the live event.