Aging and Adult- Dependent Care Resources

Adult -Dependent Care Resources can assist you with balancing the competing demands of work and family.  Adult Dependent and Elder Care Resources cover a wide range of needs from a young adult with special needs to an aging parent who needs extensive care. These resources additionally cover your aging needs. See some of the services we offer below.  

Are you looking for a specific program or service?  Click on one of the links below for more information. 

NIH Back Up Care Program
Offers NIH Federal employees access to adult back-up care when they need to be at work and their regular care is unavailable or an emergency has occurred. The NIH federal employee has access to the following back-up care programs:  in-home adult/elder care, and self-care.  Self-care is when the NIH individual needs care for him/herself.  For more information about this program and how to register, click here.
NIH Adult Dependent​ Care Resource and Referral Service
The NIH community has free, unlimited access to a Work/life Specialist, who can help you assess your caregiving role and support you by providing a range of resources and referrals for adult/elder care, such as housing options, transportation, meal services, etc.  This highly personalized professional service is available by calling 1-800-777-1720 between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. For more information on this program, click here.
Legal & Financial Resources
Legal Consultation
  • Free, 30-minute telephone or in person consultation with an attorney
  • Referral to a local attorney
  • Discounted services available
  • 24 hour emergency services

Topics include:

  • Civil/Consumer Issues
  • Personal/Family
  • Real Estate
  • Criminal Matters
  • Estate Planning

Financial Consultation

  • Free, 30-minute telephone consultation with a financial professional
  • Local refferrals and discounts available for complex issues
  • Seasoned financial professionals and CPA's

Topics include:

  • Tax/IRS
  • Budgeting
  • Credit
  • Debt
  • Retirement/401(k)
  • College Funding
  • Social Security/Medicare
  • Mortgages/Refinancing

Identity Theft Protection

  • 30-minute free consulation with a highly trained Fraud Resolution Specialist
  • Assists members with restoring their identity and good credit
  • Provides members with a free "ID Theft Emergency Response Kit" 
  • Administers the costly steps to dispute fraudulent debts as a result of ID theft
  • Follow-up with the member and monitor the Fraud Resolution progress

Resources Are Only a Call Away!


Adult Care Support Listserv
Do You or Are You:
  • Caring for an elderly family member?
  • Have questions/concerns about transition planning for an adoloescent or young adult with special needs?
  • Providing long distance caregiving for an adult family member?
  • Worry about your own caretaking plans?

This interactive email list is intended to allow the NIH community to share information and resources on all aspects of aging and adult dependent care.  It is a collaborative space where you can share experiences and resources on elder care and dependent care topics such as:

  • Caregiver support and resources
  • Information on housing options
  • Back-up care resources
  • Special needs resources

To subscribe to the email list, go to the NIH Listserv page: https://list.nih.gov. Browse the list or go directly to Adult-Care-Support.

Lunch and Learn Seminars​
Adult-Dependent Care Seminars cover adult-dependent care issues from the emotional impact of caring for an adult-dependent to legal issues.  You can print out the handouts to follow along with presenter(s) and take notes.  To view the various topics available, please click here.
What If I Don't Have Enough Leave to Care For a Family Member
Medical conditions can happen at any time, without any notice, and can require hundreds of hours of leave. The NIH Voluntary Leave Bank
is like an insurance policy for your income and your stress level, in case you find yourself in an unexpected personal or family medical care situation with not enough earned leave.
Leave Bank FAQs, important dates, and other key information are all online through the Leave Bank web page including contact information by phone or email.
Got ​Caregiver Stress?

1 in 6 Americans working full time or part-time are caregivers.  Are you the 1 in 6? The Employee Assistance Program can help. They offer free confidential counseling for employees dealing with the stress of a caregiving job or caring for a loved one.

Services include:

  • Assessment
  • Short-term counseling
  • Referral services

Help is a Phone Call Away


NIH Employee Assistance Program
Caregiver stress can significantly impact the wellness and work productivity of individuals in caregiving roles for family members. The Employee Assistance Program offers counseling services for employees experiencing a wide variety of concerns, including caregiver stress and the impact it has on the physical and emotional well-being of an individual. The EAP can offer support and strategies to help you manage caregiver stress.  Contact EAP on 301-496-3164 to schedule a caregiver stress consultation or visit their website for more information about EAP services.
NIH Workforce Eligibility Matrix
​In a joint venture the office of Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Women's Employment Committee and Ofice of Human Resources (OHR) created the Workforce Eligibility Matrix.  The Matrix is a tool designed to assist the NIH Workforce in identifying available resources. For additional information on the matrix click here.
Caring for a Sick Family Member
It can be hard to concentrate on your job when dealing with a sick child, parent, or other family member.  However, there are many resources to help you deal with both the emotional and logistical challenges.  In addition to the NIH Back-up Care Program, the NIH Voluntary Leave Bank, and the NIH Child and Adult/Elder Care Resource Referral Service, the resources below provide additional information and support. 


Aging and Adult Dependent Care Committee (AADCC)
The Office of Research Services has launched the Aging and Adult Dependent Care Committee (AADCC). This committee was created through the combined efforts of the NIH Child Care Board and the NIH Health and Wellness Council.  Over the next three years, the AADCC will explore, collect information/data, and assess services in order to provide employees with the tools and support systems they need to plan for aging, and for providing adult dependent care. For more information please click here.