Most people who help older family members also work outside the home.
Workplaces may offer options to employees who are helping older family members, such as:
Workplaces may offer benefits and information to employees who are helping older family members. These can include:
The U.S. Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows some employees to take up to 12 work weeks of unpaid leave to help older family members with medical emergencies or chronic health issues. FMLA covers employees of government agencies, public schools and private workplaces with at least 50 employees. State family medical leave laws may cover other employees.
Some people who help older family members make changes to their paid work, such as:
Women are more likely than men to make changes to their paid work to help older family members.
Working less or leaving paid work can reduce pension, retirement, Social Security or other benefits. To decide the best option for themselves and their families, people can compare:
Families can avoid conflict by discussing how they will acknowledge and support someone who reduces or leaves their paid work to help older relatives.