Helping a loved one, a member of his family who is losing his autonomy following an illness, an operation, an accident is not easy. Far from it… Lack of time, geographical distance, imbalance between work and private life, feeling of anxiety, moral and physical exhaustion… And yet, these companions have had rights since 2015, when the role of family caregiver was recognized by the law. Right to rest (right to respite with funding for a home relay, renewable 3-month family solidarity leave, caregiver leave), remuneration, right to unemployment, tax benefits (tax credit, flat-rate deduction), validation quarters at the time of retirement, right to training. But many are those at the bedside of a person with a loss of autonomy who do not appropriate this status of caregiver and who therefore do not know their rights.
This year, several reforms in favor of caregivers have emerged… In particular, a simplification of administrative procedures for better treatment, an increase in the daily caregiver allowance (AJPA), an opening of this allowance to collaborating spouses, an authorization the granting of “near caregiver” leave to carers of people with less advanced loss of autonomy. But that’s not all: new aids, both human and material, will relieve the caregiver’s workload. This is assistance with washing, eating, walking, housekeeping, specific assistance for deaf or very visually impaired people, delivery of meals to homes, night care services, housing layout. Finally, a mobile remote assistance service with GPS makes it possible to secure and watch over your loved one thanks to a small beeper that allows them to contact the remote assistance services in the event of a fall, illness or domestic accident.