On Caregiving, the Family Medical
Leave Act, and No Real Safety Net


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Apologies to readers for not posting. A quick note here to let you all know that I have several interesting pieces in the hopper.

I have been distracted by caregiving for a close friend. Fortunately, this is not the beginning of a big slide for him and medical care plus self management are likely to fix things for him.

In the meantime, I would like to say this: even dealing with a transient situation like this, I realize that caregiving is tough. My heart goes out to people who do this for family and friends long-term, in the face of chronic, debilitating conditions.

As a self employed writer and blogger, I don’t get paid sick leave or personal days. As a friend and not a family member, the Family Medical Leave Act does not apply. Sick days and personal days are non-existent. Caregiving has economic fall-out. Plus for my friend, who is a self-employed consultant: this is rough. Few vendors make allowances for work accommodations. He has to make the accommodations and economic sacrifices on his own.

I am not bawling on this, but I want to thank some of the folks that are out there in social media, in service, academia, and more, who spend infinite time addressing caregiving long-term. To name a few, @ShelleyWebbRN @judith_graham and @IRememberBetter (for Alzheimer’s). There are many more. I have to run to the hospital now. There are some excellent blogs, books, and other resources on caregiving. Hope to highlight some of them soon.

 


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