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 receives this waiver, the employee's name is added to an automatic filed 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.

"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:

Read more "Senior Sense" columns and elder care advice here.

Senior Care Seminars

As part of this program, occasional on-site seminars are offered througout the year.

Caught in the Middle: How to Cope as a Member of the Sandwich Generation

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 to manage it all without
feeling guilty and depleted? This seminar will address:

  • Caregiving strategies to help manage daily challenges
  • Supports to help at both home and at work
  • Ways to take care of yourself

Thursday, March 8, 2018; 12:00pm - 1pm; 114 Mt. Auburn Street, Room 406. On-site seminar. Register for this seminar via Harvard's Training Portal.

Senior Care Webinar Series

As part of this program, senior-care webinars are offered throughout the year.

  • February 6 (1-2pm EST): Plan Ahead: Strategies for Caregivers
    Register for this webinar here.

Mom or Dad may be healthy and independent now so conversations about care needs down the road have been pushed to the back burner. But as your parents age, you may find yourself in the role of caregiver one day. Planning ahead and communicating with your parent before a crisis can help avoid common pitfalls. Learn about strategies for proactive planning, options for care, and the cost of long-term care. And if your parent rejects the idea of help entirely, there may be ways to decrease resistance and enhance the likelihood of a positive outcome.

  • May 8 (1-2pm EST): Aging Well
    Register for this webinar here.

We are living in unprecedented times. Life expectancy is on the rise and centenarians will no longer be a rarity. While many seniors will remain active and vibrant into their 80s and 90s, others will suffer from age-related disabilities and chronic illness. With the increase in longevity, there is a growing interest in improving the health, well-being, and independence of adults as they age. As Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.” This webinar will address common risk factors of aging such as falls, isolation, and memory loss. We will also explore strategies for seniors to remain active and engaged, cope effectively with chronic conditions, and maximize quality of life as they age.

  • August 7 (1-2pm EST): Caught in the Middle: How to Cope as a Sandwich Generation Caregiver
    Register for this webinar here.

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.

  • November 6 (1-2pm EST): Managing Stress in the Workplace
    Register for this webinar here:

We all encounter some form of stress every day--commuting to work, difficult bosses, caring for our children and parents and all those emails in our inbox! But when stress is not managed properly, it can cause physical and emotional harm to our bodies and souls. Balancing work and caregiving can be particularly stressful. Learn the difference between positive and negative stress, the warning signs of stress overload and strategies to stay calm, present and balanced when the going gets tough.

 

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