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Here's a sampling of what some employers provide in elder-care benefits:

-- Consumer products-maker Unilever USA provides a "concierge" service that one employee used to arrange the repair of a parent's storm-damaged house in another state.

-- McGraw-Hill Cos. employees can add one adult family member to their health insurance plan in place of a spouse. The benefit works for single employees who purchase family coverage, as well as for married employees whose spouses can tap into a separate health insurance policy.

-- General Mills Inc. and NBC Universal Inc. offer employees access to an elder-care referral service.

-- Full- and part-time employees of Verizon Wireless can tap into a backup care service for older relatives.

-- Prudential Financial Inc. offers a free consultation with a lawyer to prepare basic documents such as a living will for as many as four parents, as well as discounted rates for drafting other documents. The company also subsidizes the cost of geriatric caseworkers and backup elder care.

-- Toyota Motor Sales USA sponsors an elder-care support group and offers employees access to a geriatric care manager who will help coordinate a relative's care and provide counseling and education, as well as assess residential facilities.

-- Several companies, including Bank of America and John Hancock Insurance, offer their employees group rates on long-term care-insurance.

--Los Angeles Times

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