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Taking Leave

over 3 years ago
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What factors would be most likely to influence your decision about whether or not to take a leave of absence from work to provide care to a family member?

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  • wendy over 3 years ago
    I agree with a number of the comments here that the low EI benefits are definitely a stumbling block for many. While job protection is beneficial and important, it is often financially unaffordable to commit to care for a family member/friend while paying mortgage/bills on EI. The savings to the public system is significant. The benefit to the patient is significant, truly a win/win. Unfortunately, not a viable solution for the caregiver financially in many situations.
  • Christine over 3 years ago
    Low EI benefits make leaves unaffordable for many families. We must establish a minimum level for special benefits that is not below minimum wage. Job protection would ensure that workers do not have to worry about losing their income while taking care of family members.
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    • annette murray over 3 years ago
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  • WorkingMom over 3 years ago
    If a Family member is seriously ill the government should provide greater access to support for the family member caring for the individual in need. Current EI requirements are limiting for family members who can not afford to take time off to care for their loved ones. If I as a caregiver, am saving the government a substantial amount of money, it would be in the government's best interest to protect my job and pay a minimum wage benefit. Increased access to benefits would ensure the ability to provide my family member personalized loving care, which they may not receive in the current Medical System.
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    • annette murray over 3 years ago
      yes
  • annette murray over 3 years ago
    money and job security
  • TimDeelstra over 3 years ago
    EI definitely doesn't provide enough to make this practical currently. I do think the rates should be raised so I don't have to worry about my job or income while looking after my family that need me.
  • Maureen over 3 years ago
    It would depend on how great the need of the family member. In my remote location, there wouldn't be many choices of "hiring" others to take over the care.
  • Karen over 3 years ago
    The major influencing factor would be could I afford it. In addition, would I be able to maintain my employment with such a length of absence.
  • mark1979 over 3 years ago
    I would like to know my job is protected and that I would not suffer any financial loss.
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    • rjpatenaude over 3 years ago
      Get your self bullet proof insurance and a job with the federal government. Our choice go broke paying for a care facility or enjoy life while we can.Joany's Journey with ALS
  • Debora1 over 3 years ago
    Low replacement rates make leaves unaffordable for some families. We should establish a minimum level for special benefits that is not below minimum wage. Job protection would ensure that workers do not have to worry about losing their income while taking care of family members.
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    • rjpatenaude over 3 years ago
      Minimum wage benefit for primary caregivers is an excellent start.How much does full time home care nursing cost the system ?
  • melissa over 3 years ago
    I am a caregiver for my mother who has cancer, I had to leave my employment because it was my duty as a daughter to look after her so if anything happened I felt that I did the best I could. Unfortunatly EI wouldn't help me because I didn't qualify for compassion care or I couldn't do regular benefits because I couldn't look for work because I was looking after a cancer patient was there exact words. I could of hired someone to do my duty was another that they said. I personly think that there should be something here in BC like the other provinces that family leave is needed. I went without money and now slowly after 8 months trying to get my head above ground. HELP for caregivers is a need in todays world
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    • rjpatenaude over 3 years ago
      You saved the health care system 10's of thousands of dollars and they treated you like a deadbeat for taking care of your mom.Pretty insulting if you ask me.
  • DragonMom over 3 years ago
    Reasonable income replacement that doesn't leave me worried about feeding my children, keeping a roof over our heads on top of the stress of having to care for - in my case, a medically fragile, technology dependent, complex care needs child. Job protection is also important.
  • PH4PC over 3 years ago
    Job protection. While income replacement would be helpful, worrying about loosing your job is counter productive. As it is, most likely you are going to have a reduced income after this person passes on top of grief.
  • rjpatenaude over 3 years ago
    #1 My dying wife's last wishes.a) Don't let me die aloneb) Take me home to Albertac) Do some travelling#2 The almost constant news reporting on abuse in care facilities.#3 Inability to accurately prognose Bulbar ALS life spanWe were hit with ALS March 2015.
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    • rjpatenaude over 3 years ago
      See Joany's Journey with ALS
  • Lauraconsult over 3 years ago
    Need and finances
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    • rjpatenaude over 3 years ago
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  • Lisarich44 over 3 years ago
    the need we have faced financial hardship to provide. You do what you have to do....Family First
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    • rjpatenaude over 3 years ago
      Agree