Elder & Adult Caregiving

Adult family members are living longer, sometimes with chronic illness, and need various support and services.  Balancing a career with navigating through Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and elder care housing and services can be emotionally draining and time consuming. There are services and resources that can support you.

Elder and Adult Caregiving Resource and Referral Service

Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers free, confidential help for all Harvard paid faculty, staff, and postdocs and their household members. You can reach the EAP at 877-327-4278 any day, at any time for referrals to child care programs, elder care resources, geriatric care managers, services that support family members with chronic illness, legal advisers, financial advisers, and behavioral health professionals.  Harvard benefits eligible faculty, staff, and postdocs should go to HARVie for more details and online resources.

Back Up Care

Harvard offers back-up and emergency care options for those times when you must get to work and your regular arrangements for your adult relative fall through.  Faculty, staff, and postdocs paid by Harvard have access to Parents in a Pinch.  Employees of Harvard may visit HARVie for information and to register for the program.

SOURCE  (Subsidy for Occasional, Unplanned, and Respite Care Expenses)

This program helps faculty and staff pay for back-up care. (Formerly Just In Time Care)  It can be used to help pay for any kind of back-up arrangement you work out:  Parents in a Pinch, a neighbor, family member, back up center etc.  To find out more about eligibility, please check out HARVie for more details.

Family Medical Leave and Flexible Work Arrangements

Harvard offers Family Medical Leave benefits for when one is faced with caring for yourself or a dependent.  Our leave of absence administrator will provide you with customized plans based on your employment and situation.  The Work/Life program manager can help you think through flexible workplace arrangements that will help meet your department needs with the schedule you are proposing. Managers and supervisors are not obligated to grant requests, and some units and jobs may not be suited to flexible schedules. Please contact your HR Partner to talk through potential options that best meet your personal and department needs for the particular job you are currently in.

Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

A dependent care FSA allows you to set aside money for expenses used to care for a dependent adult so that you (and your spouse/partner) may work, attend school or job-search.  Harvard faculty, staff, and postdocs can learn more on HARVie or through a Watch and Learn.

Long Term Care Insurance

Harvard’s Group Long Term Care (LTC) insurance can help you pay for nursing home or at-home care should you or insured members of your family become unable to perform basic activities due to documented chronic illness or physical or cognitive disability, preserving your assets for other living expenses. These costs can be very significant and are generally not covered by Medicare or disability insurance. Harvard paid faculty, staff, and postdocs may find out more information on HARVie.

Educational Work/Life Seminars

Harvard Longwood Campus offers lunch time seminars on topics related to caring for aging relatives such as overviews of social security, elder care housing options, healthy aging and more!  Keep checking our webpage for current listings, more information and registration.