Can I only request caregiver leave from my company if one of my parents is dying? I need some time to get mum resettled now that she will be living alone.
Koray T., Orangeville, ON
Editor’s message: Family medical leave in Canada varies by province. In some provinces, employees qualify for up to eight weeks’ leave within a 26-week period to take care of a relative with a serious medical condition who is at significant risk of death. Today, some employers have other programs as well. Our advice is to check with your employer and provincial Ministry of Labour online to understand the current regulations.
I was worried about the hoarding and mess in my parents’ house. I went back to your website and found some helpful tips to encourage them to clean up for safety’s sake. Thank you.
Sam T., Kitchener, ON
Editor’s message: Good for you! Unnecessary clutter is one of the main causes of slips and falls in the elderly, so a good clean-up is well worth it. Look for nearby charity drop-boxes where you can donate unwanted items.
Would you believe it—my walker was taken from the lobby of my retirement residence! I just want to warn others to be alert. I made a costly mistake in believing my walker would be safe where I left it.
Katharina M., Regina, SA
Editor’s message: We’re sorry for your experience. In the future, find a way to permanently label or identify your walker to avoid confusion, and try to keep it with you or in sight at all times.
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