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As senior citizens are living longer, working people find themselves in charge of caring for a sick or aging loved one -- whether its a parent, aunt or uncle, or friend. While companies are generally understanding of last-minute changes to employees' schedules to attend to their children, there's less of a precedent for when workers have to take off suddenly to care for an aging loved one.
What's your company policy for employees adjusting their schedules to care for other adults?

07/25/17 AT 02:58 PM
I am a manager and until January of this year was also the responsible child for an elderly mother who was in assisted living/memory care unit for over seven years. I had to walk out of meetings to take personal calls, leave work unexpectedly to go to the ER and come in late or leave early to accompany her to doctor's appointments. My employer was always gracious, sympathetic and understanding. It would have been even harder to deal with than it already was if they had been rigid about my personal schedule.

07/25/17 AT 02:58 PM
Things happen in life. If employees need to make adjustments that do not interfere with their output, there should be no issue. For the most part the days of manual push type assembly lines where hours and attendance are critical are a thing of the past.

07/31/17 AT 01:16 PM
Jim Carafotes, DDJ INC., DBA Dunkin Donuts. One of my managers had her summer weeks vacation. Her son, who is also employed by DDJ, had to have some medical work before heading back to college in September. She scheduled her sons medical work the following week after her vacation and was able to take 2 days off to be with her son during his medical procedure.
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