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Family Caregiving for Seniors - SageCorner Blog

Caregivers Legal Rights

by Deah on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 10:42 AM

A caregivers duties and responsibilities may include many things such as: bathing and grooming, toiletry needs, dressing, preparing meals, shopping, preparing and administering medications, housekeeping, laundry, transportation to appointments, therapy, and so much more. While taking care of all of these needs for a loved one you may also have your own household and family duties.

A vast majority of family caregivers are unpaid and are in it for the long term. This is a tremendous responsibility for anyone and regardless of the circumstances, it is a challenging role that can often be both mentally and financially overwhelming. According to latest statistics, approximately 43.5 million caregivers have provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the last 12 months. (National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP (2015). Caregiving in the U.S.)

At these ever-increasing numbers, more of us are forced to miss work to handle these responsibilities, often at the loss of pay. Recognizing the many burdens of being a family caregiver, the federal government and many states have enacted statutes that provide certain protections to caregivers. There are various factors that come into play in these regulations and one must research your individual states guidelines.

The most well know act of congress is the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA).  The main purpose of this act was to grant family members temporary medical leave under certain circumstances. Depending on your relationship with the person to whom you are caring for and certain other factors, you may fall under some of these laws. One should be aware of your legal rights as outlined in the FMLA as well as your state statues when caring for a spouse, child, or parents with a serious health condition.

With an aging population increasing due to the baby boomers aging, there are many new laws and regulations governing the rights of caregivers. It may prove important for you to understand these laws since more and more of us are becoming caregivers. Caregiving is consider the “new norm” during our adult life.

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Lori Paterno, M.Ed. Has a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling From Penn State University.  She has over 20 years professional experience in Human Services, Counseling, and Education.

Lori Paterno, M.Ed. Has a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling From Penn State University.  She has over 20 years professional experience in Human Services, Counseling, and Education. 
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