Sometimes, people close to us need help because of age, illness or a disability. When this happens, we become caregivers.

Stepping into this role raises lots of questions. Can we take time off work to care for someone? Do we have a role when it comes to health care decisions? Can we act on behalf of the other person?

The law has tools to help caregivers understand their roles, make decisions and accompany others.

Balancing Work and Caregiving

Can I take time off work for caregiving? If so, how much? What if my employer objects? If my employer wants to let me go?

Health Care Decisions

The general rule is that people have the right to make their own health care decisions. Doctors must give certain information so patients can make these decisions. But what about people who can’t make decisions?  And can treatment ever be imposed?

Navigating the Health and Social Services Network

Legal Protections for Vulnerable People

What happens when people can’t care for themselves or their affairs? If they don’t have a legal document for this kind of situation (a protection mandate), the law has several solutions.

Housing Issues

Sometimes, people have to move for health reasons. People leaving rental housing can end their leases in some cases, and the law has protections if there are problems. Éducaloi also has a special article housing issues for seniors.

Useful Resources