Carnegie Mellon University

Caring for a Family Member

When you are faced with caring for an aging or elderly parent, or a spouse or child with a serious injury or illness, you may wonder how you will manage it all. The university provides resources to help you balance your work life with your caretaking responsibilities.

With all types of leave, you should notify your manager and seek approval for time away from work with as much advance notice as possible.

If your loved one is a dependent, you may need to review and update your health and welfare benefits coverage or increase your spending account allocations during the next open enrollment period.

Certain leaves may impact your benefits. Be sure to discuss how your leave will impact your benefits with the leaves manager in the Office of Human Resources.

  • The Employee Assistance Program provides CMU employees and their household members with resources to assist with caregiving. Through the EAP you can get help with child and elder care resources and referrals, counseling for stress and other issues, financial planning and legal counseling.
  • Through the Care@Work program, Care.com prescreens qualified caregivers to help eligible individuals find backup emergency care for children and adults. The program also includes a free membership to perform self-directed searches for a variety of caregiving needs including elder care.