Adult Care Resources

Below is a list of programs and resources available to you as a GW employee, as well as links to external sites that provide valuable information.

Family Leave

If you have worked for GW for at least 12 months and have been paid for a minimum of 1,000 hours of work over the last year, you may be eligible for Family and Medical Leave.  Under the DC Family and Medical Leave Act, you are eligible for up to 16 workweeks of unpaid leave to care for a family member with a serious health condition.

To learn more about your right under both the Federal and DC Family and Medical Leave Act, visit GW's Benefits Administration website.

Legal and Financial Resources

If you are caring for an older loved one, you may need to help him or her organize their personal, legal or financial affairs. Though discussing these issues can be difficult, it is imperative that you do so, particularly while your loved one is still healthy.  Employees who have enrolled in GW's Legal Resources benefit have access to a network of lawyers who can help you create a will, trust, power of attorney, and other important legal documents.

Not enrolled in Legal Resources? Contact GW's Wellbeing Hotline to get legal guidance, as well as referrals and discounts to legal professionals in your area. While talking with your Wellbeing Hotline consultant, ask them about financial services to help you create a budget to effectively meet the needs of your loved one.

Finding Care

GW has a number of benefits to help you in finding the right care for your aging loved ones.  Visit Finding the Right Care for more information.

Flexible Work Arrangements

Trying to care for a family member creates a new set of demands.  The George Washington University is committed to assisting employees in developing a work-life balance by supporting the use of flexible work arrangements, when it is reasonable and practical to do so, and where operational needs will not be adversely affected.  Flexible work arrangements can include telecommuting, flex time, adjusted meal periods, and compressed work weeks.

Getting Emotional Support

Caring for a loved one can be challenging and can take a major toll on your physical and mental health. Whether it's navigating the medical world, dealing with relationship challenges, or handling the stress of juggling work and family, sometimes it helps to talk with someone experienced in the struggles of being a caregiver.

As a GW employee, you and members of your household can take advantage of GW's employee assistance program 24/7 to identify and address concerns, develop an action plan, and receive referrals. As part of this benefit, you and your household members can also take advantage of five in-person counseling sessions per issue. This can be a valuable benefit for any member of your household and it's completely free.

GW Hospital

The George Washington University Hospital offers a number of free or discounted services for adults age 65 and older.  Through the Senior Advantage program, seniors receive free physician referrals, notice of upcoming special senior events and health fairs, VIP hospital accommodations, discounted prices on prescription drugs and much more.

The hospital also offers a variety of free seminars, support groups, and other community events.  Learn more about the many programs available through the GW Hospital.

Health Advocate

Health Advocate, the nation’s leading independent healthcare advocacy and assistance company, is a special benefit paid for by GW that can help you personally resolve your healthcare and insurance issues, promptly and reliably.

Wellbeing Hotline

Our Wellbeing Hotline is a one-stop-shop for help with personal issues, planning for life events, or simply managing daily life.