April 14, 2021
Care@Work benefit in place to help with caregiving needs, behavioral health, more
Everyone, at some level, has struggled or is struggling in regard to 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 and to alleviate the stress and worry associated with the demands of child care and elder care, Human Resources introduced Care@Work by Care.com for benefits-eligible Purdue faculty and staff. To register for access to these benefits, go to purdue.care.com.
“Not only does our partnership with Care.com 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,” says Candace Shaffer, senior director of benefits in Human Resources. “Care for kids, adult loved ones, pets and even your home is available.”
Since the introduction of Care.com to Purdue employees, the benefit has been well-received — 359 employees have enrolled.
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 child care, 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 the “It’s easy to find the care you need!” webpage.
COVID-19 practices in place by Care@Work
The Care@Work team understands and appreciates the concerns caregivers are facing in terms of child care and more because of COVID-19. Practices specific to COVID-19, which are in a question-and-answer format, are available for families to have on hand via the What Families and Caregivers Should Know About Coronavirus webpage.
The Care.com team is available to assist with any questions via email at CareTeam@Care.com.