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Senior & Adult Care

Whether you are concerned about a senior or adult relative’s immediate needs, are interested in learning about resources, or are simply planning for the future, the Work/Life & Family Resources team is available to provide assistance, advice, connections, and resources to help you.

Northwestern Senior Care Connections

Northwestern Senior Care Connections provides Northwestern faculty, staff and postdocs free access to telephonic consultations with Senior & Adult Care Advisors.

These master’s level clinicians can provide you and your family with:

  • In-depth individual and family consultations - Expert guidance, planning and support for you and your family members.
  • Customized clear, concise, and comprehensive action plans
  • Vetted providers across the United States - geriatric care managers, elder law attorneys, at-home care services, senior housing, adult day programs, transportation, and Alzheimer’s/dementia care.

To learn more and speak with a Senior & Adult Care Advisor call 1-855-781-1303 Ext. 3.

Onsite senior & adult caregiver support

These sessions are provided by licensed social worker and senior care expert, Stephanie Gerberding, LCSW.

View session schedules and register.

For more information about these programs, contact the Work/Life & Family Resources team at worklife@northwestern.edu.

Senior & adult backup care

Northwestern offers a subsidized, in-home senior and adult backup care program through Care.com, for when regular care for your senior and adult loved ones falls through. This program allows faculty, staff, and postdocs to:

  • Find in-home adult and senior backup care, when regular care falls through.
  • Utilize a subsidized rate of $6/hour, up to 5 days per year.

Access vetted backup care providers by calling 855-781-1303 X 2 or login to MyHR Benefits.

For more information about the Senior & Adult Care Backup Program, contact the Office of Work/Life & Family Resources via email.

Additional Northwestern resources for caregivers

The Northwestern Employee Assistance Program (EAP) online offers resources and tips for:

  • Aging Well
  • Planning for the Future
  • Caregiving
  • Grief and Loss

Login with username: northwestern and password: eap.

National resources for seniors and caregivers

  • AARP  Offers free materials and information covering a wide variety of care giving topics.
  • Family Caregiver Alliance Links to information and resources for caregivers.
  • National Alliance for Caregiving Access tip sheets, books, websites related to family care giving.
  • Aging Life Care – Learn about geriatric care managers, what they can do, how to find one, and important considerations to help you find a good fit for your relative’s needs.
  • North Shore Senior Center – Local private, not for profit agency that links seniors to community services and offers lifelong learning programs.

The Northwestern Office of Human Resources does not endorse or recommend any particular senior or adult care provider and encourages all caregivers to carefully evaluate any provider they are considering to care for their loved one.