Are you responsible for the care or support of an elder loved one? Whether or not they live in your home, you may be responsible for the health and financial affairs of a parent, grandparent, spouse or domestic partner. MSU understands this can be very stressful. Finding appropriate resources and information can help to reduce the stress of caregiving. There is help. The MSU WorkLife Office can provide you with information, consultation, and resources to support you and your family.
For a quick overview of eldercare services, you can download our "Eldercare Support Services" information sheet.
The following services are available at the WorkLife Office:
- Consultation and personal support
- Information and referral
- Email listserv to connect to others
- Adult Caregivers Employee Resource Group to connect to others
- Connection to resources for elders living near campus
- Connection to resources for long-distance caregivers
- Brown Bag: Perspectives on Aging Series—Free classes held over the lunch hour
- MSU Backup Dependent Care - if your dependent elder's care falls through, this backup care solution can help
The following videos and articles may be helpful:
- Respite Care video
- Caregiver Guide to Grieving video
- Hiring Household Employees and Various Tax Responsibilities
- Selfcare for Caregivers
- Caregiving Skills Benefit the Workplace
Consultation topics may include:
- Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, long-term care insurance, prescription drug coverage
- Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias
- Respite, home health, nursing care, senior centers, independent apartments, assisted living facilities, retirement centers, adult day health services
- Home delivered meals/nutrition, transportation, homemaker services
- Crisis, legal, and tax services
- Geriatric assessment, mental health services, caregiver support
Contact the WorkLife Office at (517) 353-1635 to set up an individual consultation.
Helpful eldercare sites on the web:
AARP: Provides free access to its caregiver bulletin boards and lists of eldercare facilities and services, among other basic resources.
AgeAlive: AgeAlive is a recently established program within Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine. They seek to leverage and expand MSU's assets related to aging, including research, education, training, service and outreach spanning all disciplines across all MSU units that are addressing major aging issues. They also host speakers, workshops, and activities, such as this free paper butterfly garden creation workshop with award-winning artist Zahrah Resh. Learn about Zahrah's work here.
BenefitsCheckUp: The National Council on the Aging assesses user needs and financial situations. Lists government programs, tax breaks and other services.
Eldercare Locator: Provides help locating an Area Agency on Aging anywhere in the nation.
www.Care.com/msu: Care for seniors starts here! Sign-in with your MSU NetID and gain free access!
Family Caregiving 101: A collaborative effort to help people manage caregiving challenges.
Family Caregiver Alliance: Offers a question & answer service, tip sheets, and information about support groups.
Kinship.msu.edu : The Kinship Care Resource Center (KCRC) is a non-profit organization through the School of Social Work at Michigan State University that serves kinship families across the state of Michigan.
Medicare.gov: Official website for information about provider choices.
National Caregivers Library: A large source of information and tools for caregivers and seniors.
The National Alliance for Caregiving: Rates books, videos, websites, and other products, based on topic.
Tri-County Office on Aging: Since 1974 the Tri-County Office on Aging (TCOA) has been the region’s one-stop-shop for information and services that older adults, persons with disabilities, and their families need to live independently and remain active in their communities. TCOA’s mission is to promote and preserve the independence and dignity of the aging population in Ingham, Clinton and Eaton Counties.
The Case for Eldercare Support Services
“Eldercare is Everyone’s Issue”: This article reviews the broad-spectrum of elder caregivers and why support services are important.
Fact Sheets for Additional Information on Caregiving: