University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

Elder Care

Finding Elder Care Senior Link

Senior Link offers a free, online elder care resource search. The site also provides a wealth of resources to support caregivers.

Eldercare Locator

Eldercare Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connecting seniors and their families to a database of nationwide resources for older adults and their families

Paying for Elder Care

Dependent Daycare Flexible Spending Account offers pre-tax savings for elder care services. You may be able to take advantage of this program if your elderly parent or relative:

  • is claimed as a tax exemption on your federal income tax return because they are physically or mentally unable to care for themselves.
  • regularly spends at least eight hours per day in your household

Long-term Care Coverage is a plan that pays for services not covered by other types of insurance. Long-term care services can range from help with meal preparation and personal assistance to 24-hour monitored care. Long-term care can take place in a variety of settings including nursing centers, assisted living facility, or your own home.

Employees, spouses/same-sex domestic partners, parents or step-parents of employees may be eligible for long-term care coverage. Each person buys his or her own policy and premiums are based on the enrollee's age, not on the age of the employee.

Senior Lifestyle Resources

Vital Aging Network

Vital Aging Network provides seniors with resources on self-sufficiency, civic engagement, and improving quality of life through workshops, newsletters, and events.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a University of Minnesota program to bring together older adults with a shared love of learning and curiosity. The program offers a broad spectrum of volunteer-led courses, activities, and travel opportunities.

Other Elder Care Links

CareGiver Support

The time and emotional demands of elder caregiving can be overwhelming.

Resources are available to help balance work and personal responsibilities, and address stress and emotional issues.