• Fmla leave is almost used up. What do I do about care for my husband when I must return to work?

    Asked by Zoltan1 on Sunday, April 7, 2013

    Fmla leave is almost used up. What do I do about care for my husband when I must return to work?

    Right now he still needs a lot of care for trake, feeding tube and just general--also recovering if rom a fractured hip. Just got full weight bearing status.

    2 Answers from the Community

    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Speak with a social worker at the center/hospital where your husband is being treated,to discuss and start applying for all services he and your family are entitled too.

      Find out what services his insurance covers (nurses to clean his feeding tube, in house PT, etc), also call your local visiting nurses - they have great programs.

      over 3 years ago
    • LisaLathrop's Avatar

      Check with your visiting nurses associations. Many come in 2x a day to help care for patients...and are often times covered by insurance. These folks are skilled in caring for the feeding tubes and so much more home care than we can even think of.

      Also, how many people have said to you "If you need anything, just call me"? I had a hard time accepting help but it comes down to the fact that people TRULY do want to help, they just don't know exactly what to do..so you have to tell them...they'll feel needed....and there are more people out there who are willing if you just ask. Even coming by for a few hours to sit with your husband and chit-chat or change the tv to his favorite channel and watch for a bit, is such a small task to do. Think of it as a casual visit / companionship rather than a watchful eye.

      Check out this site:
      It helps your friends, neighbors, family coordinate meals, care, etc. by using a schedule. That way you don't get many people coming over at once (all bringing pans of lasagna!) and no one at other times of the day.

      http://www.caregiving.com/ - is also a good site that connects caregivers, has videos, support networking, etc. to help relieve the stress on caregivers.

      These links plus so much more are on my website: www.cancerkaleidoscope.com

      over 3 years ago

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