Seeking Legal Advice?
Caregiving often involves dealing with legal issues that can be difficult to address. These sites will help guide you with legal assistance you may need now or in the future. These sites will also provide you with additional information on who can help you handle problems like power of attorney and wills.
There are certain laws dedicated to protecting individuals who have to care for ailing family members. Should you have to take time off, there are both federal and state programs designed to protect your job and maintain your benefits. As a caregiver, taking advantage of all the resources at your disposal can ease some of the burden and the anxiety that often come with caregiving.
Advocacy Tips for Caregivers - Family Caregiver Alliance
If you are concerned about what steps the government is taking to help caregivers and want to advance the cause, this link is a good place to begin. Find relevant information on how to appeal to elected officials, as well as how to advocate for changes in policy.
Fact Sheet: Conservatorships - LACRC
Are you concerned about your loved one's ability to manage their affairs? Follow this link to find out more about different types of conservatorships and additional options.
Fact Sheet: Finding an Attorney - LACRC
It's a good idea to know the legalities associated with caregiving and you may be thinking about consulting with an attorney. This fact sheet goes over different kinds of attorneys and suggests materials you should bring to your meeting.
Eldercare Locater is a service provided by the federal government. Here you can find assistance with issues concerning elder abuse, legal aid, and ombudsmen for long-term care.
Family and Medical Leave - U.S. Office of Personnel Management
Unsure of what the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entails? Here is information on eligibility requirements and the job protection it provides.
California Paid Family Leave
In California you might also be eligible for Paid Family Leave (PFL). Click on this link for eligibility information, benefits, and the latest updates in the law.
Medicare.gov: The Official U.S. Gov't Site for People with Medicare
The official government site for Medicare. Click here to learn more about the program and find updates.
Medicare Basics: A Guide for Families and Friends of People with Medicare
Don't know where to begin when it comes to finding information about Medicare? You can find basic information about Medicare benefits from the Medicare Basics Brochure.
Unsure about what benefits you may be eligible for? Here you can find a comprehensive list of government programs that you may not have known about, but may be able to use.
Similar to benefits.gov, this website helps you apply for benefits and learn eligibility requirements. It is more specifically devoted to the needs of older adults.