At UBC, we recognise that many demands exist outside of the workplace for staff and faculty, particularly when it comes to looking after our elders. Did you know that your Employee and Family Assistance Program has resources to assist you and your family in navigating elder care and caregiver support?
UBC’s Employee and Family Assistant Program (EFAP) is a confidential counseling service that can help you and your family members with personal problems that affects your family life, work life, or general wellbeing. Alongside this counselling service, EFAP can also help you arrange for in-home elder care assessments that are performed on a fee-for-service basis by an independent, outside provider. Homewood Health, UBC’s EFAP provider, has an online database to help you conduct your own customised search for elder care resources – you can search for providers who offer homecare assessments, long-term facilities, assistive care facilities, and facilities geared toward specific health care needs or cultural preferences of your family member. UBC staff and faculty also have access to Homewood Health’s free online Busy Family for Seniors toolkit. The toolkit provides:
- A resource and financial services locator;
- An “ask an expert” function, informative articles and links to research;
- Roadmaps for services based on need (e.g., in home, residential facilities or community based);
- Comprehensive quality of service checklists for hired providers; and
- A family needs inventory to help organize priorities and concerns.