Backup Adult & Senior Care

All MIT benefits-eligible faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows can receive backup care at home through BackupCare, provided by Parents in a Pinch.

Backup adult care providers can offer companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, or prompts for medications. They can also provide personal care, such as assistance with bathing and dressing, and can accompany an adult to a doctor's appointment if needed. Adult care providers are available to come to your home or to the home of your family member.

Current benefits-eligible MIT faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows can request up to 15 adult care and/or child care referrals per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) without being charged registration or placement fees. Care is available any time of day or night, any day of the week, once you have registered.

How to register and request care

Step 1: Visit and complete the enrollment form.

Step 2: Call at 855-781-1303, wait for the options and then press extension 2 for Backup Care Team, during regular business hours (Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.) to schedule care.

When you call to request backup adult care:

  • Identify yourself as an MIT employee or postdoctoral fellow.
  • will identify an adult care network agency that meets your specific needs—and the agency will contact you to finalize arrangements.
  • You are responsible for paying the hourly cost of the adult caregiver, which is currently $16.00 per hour in Massachusetts (with a minimum of four hours per day).
  • At the end of the backup adult care service, you will need to sign the provided timesheet, and your credit card will be charged for the hours of care provided.

Have Questions?

Get in touch with The MIT Work-Life Center.