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
- What the Biden Infrastructure Plan Means for Caregivers
- Balancing Caregiving and a Return to Work
- Tackling Tough Topics As A Family Caregiver
- How To Make Decisions When You Are Dealing With Uncertainty
- Caring With Siblings: How to Make It Work
- November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month: Find Caregiver Education and Support
- Happy Hybrid Holidays!
- What is Compassion Fatigue, and how do I cope?