Elder Care

GVSU recognizes the challenges that faculty and staff face when providing care for an aging parent or loved one. By 2030, there will be about 71.5 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2000. To support this trend, GVSU has Elder Care resource and referral available through the Work Life Connections Program. Navigating the complex and often confusing maze of community-services can be overwhelming. Let our Work Life Consultant or our employee assistance program, Encompass, help you with this challenge.

The Work Life Connections Program will help you connect with the support you need when caring for an elderly loved one. These services help to improve the quality of life for the elderly population and in many cases improve their capability to remain living independently in their own homes for a longer period of time.

Elderly couple

Age Wise, Eldercare Solutions


Seeking care for a loved one can be emotional, exhausting and time consuming. Our goal at Age Wise is to make this process less of a burden for you and your family members.
Age Wise is an educational free service which allows you to easily access healthcare resources that are best suited to your elder loved one. Age Wise advisors use a collaborative approach with budget friendly options to improve the physical, emotional, and social well-being for clients in any stage of senior life.

When needing to make decisions regarding assisted living, independent living, elder law attorneys. or home health services, an Age Wise advisor has the information you need readily available with making only one contact.

Crossroads Elder Care Planning
Free service to seniors and their families searching for eldercare options. Each day hundreds of families in West Michigan are faced with the unique and complex challenge of finding care for their elderly loved ones. Crossroads will provide seniors and families with one-on-one guidance and assistance during this difficult process. For more information contact Elizabeth Harrell, Elder Care Advisor, at Elizabeth@crossroadseldercare.com.

Susan Sloop, Work Life Consultant
GVSU Human Resources Phone: (616) 331-2215, Fax: (616) 331-3216 sloops@gvsu.edu
or Encompass For all Work/Life or Financial/Legal Resources and Referrals Contact 1-800-788-8630 or www.encompass.us.com