As part of an ongoing effort to promote work-life balance, the University entered into a pilot project with Care.com, which provides an accessible online resource to connect individual faculty and staff with vetted care providers. The company has a particular strength in child and senior care but addresses the full lifecycle of care needs. The service enables individuals to search nationally to find and select the best care possible based on detailed profiles, background checks, and references.
Care.com also offers elder care planning and management. It provides individual
consultations, research on provider options, comprehensive written care plans, access to a national credentialed provider network, rate negotiation, and assistance in identifying backup care.
The idea for this partnership emerged through a series of work-life workshops that were sponsored by the Provost’s Office. During these sessions, a number of faculty and staff shared that it was difficult to find and retain qualified child and elder care providers. In hope of reducing this burden, the University sought out the help of Care.com. Early indications suggest that users are satisfied with the resource. Care.com’s Senior Care Counseling program has been especially well-received. A number of employees have shared that they are grateful for the guidance the senior care counselors have provided.
Access to Care.com is free for all faculty and staff. Please visit www.care.com/group/scu
and use your @scu.edu email address to register.
Faculty and staff can also attend any of the summer and fall workshops to learn about the 10 most important topics for seniors and their families.