Care@Work benefit in place to help with caregiving needs, behavioral health, more

Everyone, at some level, has struggled or is struggling in regards to work-life integration, especially as a result of the pandemic. Uncertainty and competing demands for time, for instance, continue to hit those in the community with family commitments and caregiving responsibilities extra hard. To help support the behavioral health needs of caregivers in regards to alleviating the stress and worry associated with the demands of childcare and / or elder care, Human Resources introduced Care@Work by for benefits-eligible Purdue faculty and staff. To register for access to these benefits, go to   

“Not only does our partnership with align with the work-life integration pillar of our Healthy Boiler Program, it also aligns with the behavioral health pillar in that having this additional benefit can help reassure parents and caregivers they have trusted options when care is needed,” explained Candace Shaffer, senior director of benefits in Human Resources. “Care for kids, adult loved ones, pets and even your home is available.”

Since introducing to Purdue employees, the benefit has been well-received with 1,672 visits made to, and 413 employees have registered.*

Care@Work benefits

As a reminder, via a customized portal and free membership for Purdue employees, benefits-eligible faculty and staff have the ability to search and find affordable caregivers – including childcare, senior care and pet care – along with other service such as tutoring, housekeeping services and more.

Multiple search options are available for care for kids and adult loved ones. For example, when searching for care for kids, employees can opt to search on their own, find backup care or search to help save on early education. For adult and senior care, employees can search on their own or for backup care.

For more details on the benefit, see “It’s easy to find the care you need!” web page.

Upcoming webinar

“Workparent: A Go-to-Guide for Caregivers” takes place virtually July 15 and will share information about how to successfully combine caregiving and career, regardless of where an individual is on their parenting journey. Interested individuals should register by July 14 via the Healthy Boiler Portal. Registration link can be found under the “Engage” tab, “Wellness Events” on the portal’s home page.

COVID-19 practices in place by Care@Work

The Care@Work team understands and appreciates the concerns caregivers are facing in terms of childcare and more because of COVID-19. Practices specific to COVID-19, which are in a question and answer format, is available for families to have on hand via the What Families and Caregivers Should Know About Coronavirus web page.


The team is available to assist with any questions via email at

*Data as of June 10, 2021