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What are some tips for balancing your work and caregiving?

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  • Get organized. Create a family calendar so everyone knows what’s happening, and use it to track activities and doctor’s appointments.
  • If possible, ask siblings to help out, and make a schedule that includes everyone.
  • Visit your local agency on aging. They can often point you toward community resources that can help you now or may help you later.
  • Read your employee handbook. Your company may have policies on caregivers, flexible work options, and family leave that apply to you. You may also have access to an employee assistance program, which can be a helpful resource.

AARP Public Policy Institute: Understanding the Impact of Family Caregiving on Work, Fact Sheet.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Balancing Work and Caregiving.”

Minnesota Board on Aging: “Work & Caregiving: Finding Balance, Minnesota Board on Aging.”

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

AARP: “Balancing Work and Caregiving.”

U.S. Department of Labor: “FMLA (Family and Medical Leave),” “Wage and Hour Division (FMLA),” “FMLA Frequently Asked Questions.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 23, 2019

AARP Public Policy Institute: Understanding the Impact of Family Caregiving on Work, Fact Sheet.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Balancing Work and Caregiving.”

Minnesota Board on Aging: “Work & Caregiving: Finding Balance, Minnesota Board on Aging.”

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

AARP: “Balancing Work and Caregiving.”

U.S. Department of Labor: “FMLA (Family and Medical Leave),” “Wage and Hour Division (FMLA),” “FMLA Frequently Asked Questions.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 23, 2019

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