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February 01, 2017

Ten Legal Tips for Caregivers

(The pdf for the issue in which this article appears is available for download: Bifocal, Vol. 38, Issue 3.)


Family caregivers face a surprising mix of legal, financial, and practical issues every day. A new flyer from the Commission outlines ten tips to help you understand and manage those issues.

  1. Understand Decisional Capacity
  2. Know What Legal Authority You Have
  3. Appoint a Health Care Agent
  4. Complete a Financial Power of Attorney
  5. Manage Social Security/Veterans Benefits
  6. Know Your Rights of Access to Health Information
  7. Know the Signs of Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation
  8. Know Your Rights if You Face Family Responsibilities Discrimination (FRD)
  9. Understand your rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  10. Consider a Personal Care Agreement

Visit to learn more and to download the detailed flyer. ■