Help when you need it: Paid family and medical leave in Massachusetts
As a family caregiver, you’re likely familiar with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). But did you know that the Massachusetts’ Paid Family and Medical Leave (MA PFML) law was enacted in 2018? It went into effect just last year, in 2021, and it’s one of the most generous in the country.
How EAPs help with caregiving issues
Kathleen Greer, an expert on employee assistance programs, knows there’s no way to be prepared for your “new normal” when you're a caregiver. But what if you had a resource at your fingertips that could provide some emotional support for you—and the information and resources you need to help plan for your loved one’s care?
Using FMLA to take time off for caregiving
If you have a family member—child, spouse or parent—with a serious health condition, you may be able to use the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to get the time off you need to provide that care. Jill Green Lebow, head of human resources for Fallon Health, explains how the FMLA process can be helpful for some caregivers.
A long, difficult caregiving journey with great rewards
Guest contributor Janet Sweeney Rico, Ph.D., M.S.N., M.B.A., describes her experience caring for her daughter, who has needed intensive, round-the-clock caregiving since birth.
After a diagnosis of dementia
Before your loved one’s dementia was diagnosed, you may have interpreted the behavior you saw as inattention or disinterest. Now that you know, you can consider next steps, planning and the best ways to communicate with your loved one.