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Senior Care Planning Services Benefit

Do you have an aging parent who is in need of more care and attention than in years past? I want to remind you of the Senior Care Planning services provided by Care.com. The Care.com team of Senior Care Advisors can help you and your family with many topics including:

individual or family consultations
professional support and advice
prescreened provider options
proprietary safety procedures
tips, tools and resources

When you call, you will be assigned your own personal Senior Care Advisor who will get to know you and your circumstances. This individual can be available to work with you on both small questions and complex needs. Senior Care Advisors are able to work with you one on one, or with your entire family, as you navigate challenging and emotional circumstances.
Visit the Care.com Senior Care Planning webpage for more information. To connect with a Senior Care Advisor, call 855-781-1303 or email an inquiry to seniorcareplanningteam@care.com. (Instructions for creating a Care.com account are on the Human Resources website under Dependent Care.)  Take a look at what W&L employees are saying about the Senior Care Planning:
“Care.com was very helpful answering questions and getting back to me with answers to my situation. It is a great resource for anyone dealing with the issues of aging parents and the problems that arise. I would highly recommend this to anyone.”
“Earlier this year, my husband and I moved his father from his home in Portsmouth to Lexington.  As he is in his nineties and had lived in Portsmouth for 75 years, this was quite a traumatic event for him.  He also suffers from middle stage dementia.  I came in contact with Mary Stehle who is a Care.com counselor through the Eldercare Seminar that was held on campus last December.  She was so understanding and sympathetic to our situation that we decided to set up regular contacts.  Mary guided me through the whole transition.  She listened.  She provided feedback, and plenty of resources which were very useful.  Best of all, it was helpful to have someone who was not a family member work through this process with us.  I couldn’t have done it without her.”

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Learn More About Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Today

Today, Jill Martinelli, LCSW, will be presenting a seminar on Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. All registered attendees will receive $3 off lunch at the eCafé on the day of the seminar. To sign up for the seminar you can register online here or contact Human Resources by email or phone (x8920)
“While symptoms of dementia can vary greatly, at least two of the following core mental functions must be significantly impaired to be considered dementia:

Memory
Communication and language
Ability to focus and pay attention
Reasoning and judgment
Visual perception

People with dementia may have problems with short-term memory, keeping track of a purse or wallet, paying bills, planning and preparing meals, remembering appointments or traveling out of the neighborhood.” (Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures. Retrieved November 3, 2014, from alz.org.)
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 ten years, that number is projected to increase by forty 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. Learn about caregiving strategies that can help and types of care that can improve the quality of life for both you and your loved one.
Check out the Alzheimer’s Association website for more information on dementia and Alzheimer’s and resources for caregivers.

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Reminder: Register for Eldercare Seminar!

If you missed the informative session with Mary Stehle, Senior Care Advisor, but are interested in learning more about the Care.com Senior Care advising, there are a couple of ways to learn more. You can call the Senior Planning Team at 1-855-781-1303 to connect with a care advisor. You can also view past eldercare events that are available through the Human Resources Life Happens! page.

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Caregiving and the Holidays: Senior Care Seminar and Resources Available

Did you know that Care.com is a valuable online resource for information on a variety of senior care topics? The Care.com Articles and Resources page covers topics including elder law and legal information, aging related challenges and safety tips, and more.
A Care.com Senior Care Advisor will be on campus for a one hour seminar on December 3rd. Mary Stehle, LCSW will address the challenges of caregiving over the holidays and managing the care of aging family members in Caregiving and the Holidays: Passing the Turkey and the Torch. She will also be present for discussion during a brown bag lunch at  12:30 and one on one consultations immediately following the seminar. Please RSVP to the event at https://wlucareseminar.eventbrite.com/.

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Need last minute care for a loved one?

Did you know that employees are eligible for a 60% subsidy for last minute care costs through Care.com? As winter approaches, the chance of illness increases. While we usually prefer to stay home when our family needs us, it is not always easy to rearrange work schedules. Use Care-on-Call for back up child care, elder care, pet care, etc.  The University subsidizes 60% of last minute or emergency child and elder care that allows you to attend to work responsibilities, up to $200 per employee per year. Simply complete the reimbursement form on the Work-Life webpage, and submit it to Care.com once you have utilized the service.
Care.com can help you become prepared for the unexpected circumstances that arise when we juggle career and family. Register today and start to build your bench with caregivers whom you know and trust. Back-up care, or Care-On-Call, can help you find reliable support, quickly.

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National Work and Family Month: How can you make caregiving a little easier?

Do you provide emotional, physical or financial support to an adult or senior in your life? If so you are a caregiver. Many of us don’t even realize we fall into this category, and as a working caregiver you face unique challenges. October is National Work and Family Month so it’s the perfect time to think about how you are juggling these two important parts of your life. On top of caring for a loved one you are also balancing the challenges and demands of the workplace. Add in a spouse and children and there’s no wonder that many caregivers end up feeling burnt out!
It is important to know that you are not alone as an employed caregiver. In 2009 the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP found that 73% of family caregivers report working full or part time. That’s a lot of working caregivers! The toll of your varied responsibilities can show up in many areas of your life- particularly at work. You may have had to use your vacation time when your father was discharged from the hospital after suffering a heart attack. You may have been forced to use a sick day because no one else was available to take your mother to her doctor’s appointment. You may have even thought about cutting back your hours or turning down a promotion because you had too much on your plate.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, it helps to stop and take inventory of the different roles you fulfill and the demands of each. In how many different directions are you being pulled on a weekly and daily basis? Then take a step back and consider where small changes may have a big impact. Can your teenage son be in charge of cooking dinner one night a week? Instead of scarfing down lunch at your, perhaps you can get outside for a 15 minute walk. If your brother lives in another state and isn’t around to provide hands on help with mom or dad, can he pay for a caregiver to provide transportation one day a week so your mom can get her hair done? Creating time and space for you to attend to your own needs will give you the boost you need to face the challenges in all the areas of your life- and the opportunity to find more contentment and joy in your daily responsibilities.
Are you reading this and having trouble identifying where you can make changes in your life? Or do you have some ideas but are not sure how to implement them?  Call a Senior Care Advisor for guidance and resources to make the journey easier.
Call 855-781-1303. We look forward to speaking with you!
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Are You Aware of The Senior Care Planning Services Offered to Employees at W&L?

Caring for an aging parent can be a confusing and emotionally challenging experience for adult children. Decisions need to be made and it is not always clear what the best choices are and who is to be making those decisions. Individuals who are caring for aging parents are at higher risk for anxiety, depression, and additional conditions triggered by the onset of stress.
Washington and Lee University provides a premium Care.com membership for employees to make this complicated and difficult time go as smoothly as possible. Care.com offers support to children of aging parents. Senior Care Planning services offers one-on-one support. Senior care experts can help you arrange care for loved ones, provide comprehensive consultations, and more. Additionally, W&L will subsidize 60% of the cost for back-up elder care expenses (up to $200). Check out the Elder Care page on the website for a complete list of your elder care related benefits.

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Need a Child or Elder Care Provider, House or Pet Sitter, Tutor …

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Need a childcare provider, house-sitter, pet-sitter, tutor or elder-care provider?  Benefit eligible employees have access to a searchable provider database through Care.com.  Access to this service/database of providers is paid for by W&L.
Care.com helps make finding the right care for your family easier and if you travel on work or play, you can use Care.com to find childcare providers in the area you are visiting!  Just log on to the Care.com website using your W&L email address.  You’ll be able to search for  providers or post a notice that you are looking for a provider.  Then review detailed profiles for interested care providers, including experience, availability, rates, photos, references, reviews, and background checks. Once you find a care provider that seems to be the right fit for your family, you can phone screen, interview, and check references. Voila! Care need fulfilled!  Learn more about this valuable benefit at http://www.wlu.edu/x57250.xml.

 

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