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Take advantage of caregiver benefits from your employer.

What You Should Know

Juggling a job and caregiving can be hard, but your employer may be more supportive than you think. Increasingly, employers are realizing that caregiving affects productivity and turnover. To compensate, your employer may offer paid time off, flexible schedules, telecommuting, healthcare advocacy and more. And if your caregiving situation is especially demanding, don't overlook options provided under the Family Medical Leave Act. FMLA is a federal law that entitles employees at many companies to take 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12-month period for family and medical reasons.

Steps To Take

  • Ask your benefits administrator if your company offers eldercare benefits.
  • Do your own research to find out what's legal and required in your state.
  • Take advantage of any programs available to you.
  • Fight the impulse to tough it out — you may not realize it, but you probably need more relief than you realize.
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