Also, examine your loved one's insurance and retirement plans, including (where applicable) life insurance, disability coverage, pension benefits, long-term care insurance and workplace health insurance. See whether any of them cover home health visits, skilled nursing, mental health services, or physical therapy and other short-term assistance.
If you need to take a leave of absence from your job to care for a loved one, you may be entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. Some employers offer paid family leave, and five states (California, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Washington) and the District of Columbia have implemented laws mandating paid leave for caregiving. Several more states and the District of Columbia are set to follow suit by 2023.
Below you can find other legal checklist items for family caregivers: