What is University of Kentucky Elder Care?
University of Kentucky Elder Care is a free employee benefit established to support regular full-time and part-time UK faculty, staff, retirees and their spouses nationwide who help their parents, spouses and other older family members.
Our staff can assist by providing information, consultation, guidance, referrals, and by helping caregivers to plan ahead.
We have compiled extensive reference materials on topics such as:
- medical services
- power of attorney and other legal matters
- senior education programs
- alternative housing options
- long-term care
- Alzheimer's Disease.
If needed, we can help employees work through feelings of fear, anger, resentment or guilt that can arise when helping older family members.
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When services, equipment or special-care facilities are needed, referrals are individually researched, regardless of where a relative lives. The referrals usually are mailed within three working days to the employee. Then, a staff member follows up to make sure referrals are satisfactory. Although Elder Care staff members cannot endorse specific services, they can help with the selection process by answering questions and finding additional information about the referrals.
The goals of UK Eldercare are to provide University Families with:
- assistance in identifying current elder care needs
- detailed and personal referrals to community services
- a handbook on providing care to older family members
- printed information relevant to needs, such as fact sheets
- ongoing support to the employee, such as family counseling
- seminars related to elder care issues