The number of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine faculty who are balancing career and personal needs along with elder care is difficult to ascertain, except anecdotally. The same is true for other JHM employees.
“Currently, there isn’t a way to identify Johns Hopkins employees caring for an older relative,” says Barbara Fowler, Lifespan Services consultant in the Johns Hopkins University Benefits & Worklife office. But she encourages anyone who finds themselves struggling with caregiving stress to take advantage of their employee benefits and other resources.
Benefits & Worklife offers a number of ways to support faculty and staff in their caregiving roles. And mySupport provides 24/7 telephonic support for elder care resources and referrals as well as counseling. Free premium membership with Care.com allows you to post jobs and search for and reach out to local caregivers. Backup Care provides subsidized rates for services such as rides to doctors’ appointments, companion care and more. A program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center — Called to Care — offers services to prepare and support caregivers. In addition, the Office of Well-Being has a webpage dedicated to the various needs of those caring for children and older family members.