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 the pandemic. Uncertainty and competing demands for time, for instance, continues 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 259 employees enrolled and five backup care days utilized.

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, you can opt to search on your own, find backup care or search to help save on early education. For adult and senior care, you can search on your own or for backup care.

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

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.

Upcoming Healthy Boiler workshop courtesy of Care@Work

“Removing the ‘man-can’t’ myth” is the topic of an upcoming Healthy Boiler workshop, courtesy of Care@Work by The virtual workshop supports the behavioral health and work-life integration pillars of the Healthy Boiler Program and will take place from noon to 1 p.m. ET on April 13.

Moms and dads have been struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic, experiencing equal amounts of stress, despite stereotypes. Dads today are “all in” and more emotionally and physically involved at home more than ever before. Josh Levs, former CNN and NPR journalist and the leading global expert on modern fathers in the workplace, is leading the workshop and will share how men can engage on issues of gender equality and diversity, how they can become co-champions for change and strategies to offer work-life balance for both women and men.

Those interested should register by April 12 via the Healthy Boiler Portal. Registration link can be found under the “Engage” tab, “Wellness Events” on the portal’s home page. Healthy Boiler workshops are free to all benefits-eligible faculty and staff and dependents covered on a Purdue medical plan.


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