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Life Events
Caring for a Loved One


Growing numbers of people find themselves caring for a parent, spouse, or other adult family member. Providing care for another adult is complex and presents a variety of challenges including managing another personís †health, medical care, legal and financial responsibilities as well as taking care of oneís self, relationships and work responsibilities. There are resources and services available at the University, in the community, and through government programs that can help you with the challenges of family caregiving.

UW Resources

Finding Care Providers
UW CareLink can help you locate quality, professional care for your loved one. You can access the full array of UW CareLink resources through the APS HealthCare portal . To log in and register, use "UW" as the company code. Look for LIVEConnect  instant messaging tool in the upper right corner of the homepage for access to a counselors who specializes in child/adult/elder care referral services.
This web page explains how staff may consider developing a work schedule to help you to better meet caregiver responsibilities while continuing to work.
Illness/Disability Leave (for staff)
Review the ďSerious Illness/Disability" information on the "Life Events" web pages if you have to take time off work to care for a family member with a serious illness or disability.
UW Carelink
The UW's faculty and staff assistance program provides free in-person assessment and short-term confidential counseling by local professionals for any issue that may be causing an employee concern including – counseling, legal or financial consultation and online resources.
Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP)
This program allows you to take a pre-tax payroll deduction for eligible dependent care expenses, thus reducing your income tax obligation. DCAP can be used instead of taking the Child Care tax credit when you file your tax return. DCAP is available to any UW employee except students whose wages are exempt from FICA and nonresident aliens who receive no U.S.-source earned income.
Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-term care refers to a broad range of medical, personal, and social services provided to people who are unable to care for themselves over an extended time period. These services are typically not covered by health insurance or Medicare and long term care insurance is designed to cover these costs. See the Long-Term Care Resources webpage for more information about long-term care and tips for evaluating long-term care insurance products.

Community & Government Resources

Community Resources

County Senior Services organizations can provide information and referral to local services appropriate to specific situations. They also provide a range of services to support the elder person and/or the caregiver †such as, recreational activities, transportation, meals, assistance with home repairs, etc.† Contact the organization in the area where you are providing care.

Aging and Disability Resource Center
phone: 253-798-4600
Senior Services of King County
phone: 206-448-3110
Senior Services of Snohomish County
phone: 425-513-1900

Government Resources

Benefits Checkup
Helps find government programs that may be available to a loved one
Eldercare Locator
Quickly locates the state and local senior service organizations nationwide.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides an excellent resource for information about using Medicare, updates on changes, listings of events, and access for local services.
Washington State Aging and Disabilities Administration serves adults of all ages with chronic illnesses and determines eligibility for the state's Medicaid program.
SHIBA Help line
A network of trained volunteers who educate, assist, and advocate for consumers regarding health insurance, so they can make informed choices. Contact the SHIBA Help line or call their 24-hour toll-free referral hotline (1-800-562-6900).
Social Security Administration
Information about the application for retirement benefits, disability benefits and access to publications, forms, and updates about changes. Information is also available in Spanish. 1-800-772-1213.