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

Elder Care Referral Experts

Two elder care referral experts in the West Michigan area are available to help you and your family find senior care resources. Elder care professionals help navigate the application process for veteran’s benefits, Medicaid, and Medicare and assistance with any elder care need. This service is free for GVSU Faculty and Staff. Listed below is the contact information for the Elder Care Resource Specialists. 

Michelle Herron
BS in Public Administration from GVSU and Certified Dementia Practitioner
(616) 690-4572

Crossroads Eldercare Planning
Elizabeth Harrell BS from MSU, President of the Council on Aging and Secretary for the West Michigan Healthcare Network
(616) 485-3365