Adult and Elder Care

The information in this section highlights programs and policies available at Columbia that may assist caregivers, as well as links to many local, state, and federal organizations with helpful resources and information.

Adult and Elder Care Services

Columbia University provides a number of services to support those caring for adults or elders.    

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Employee Assistance Program

The EAP can provide information research, referrals, and short-term counseling to help you with a variety of issues including, adult/elder care management and caregiver stress.

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Back-Up Care

This program is for the care of adults/elders, children, or yourself for those situations when normal care arrangements are interrupted or when short-term care is required but you still need to perform your work responsibilities. Coverage is available 24/7, nationwide and in some international locations.

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Years Ahead

Provides resources for ongoing elder care needs including certified advisors, needs assessment, guidance on specialized facilities for memory/hospice care and independent/assisted-living communities, home health and dependent care, occasional in-home care, and more. 

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Use this resource to help you find regular or occasional companion care or care for individuals with special needs. You can post a job listing and review resumes and profiles of potential caregivers.

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Health advocates provide a number of services related to medical questions, billing issues, educational resources, and more. Advocate4Me is provided by United Health Care.