to care for an ill spouse

by peggy
(Pennsylvania)

I am a nurse who has been working in the field for 30+ years. My husband recently suffered a reinjury to his back and is facing surgery number 4. He cannot walk or drive and it is very difficult for him to care for himself.



Peggy,

This is what FMLA is for or a personal leave of absence. The very fact that you want to quit your job to care for your husband would make you not "able and available for work" while you are caring for him .. this is a required eligibility condition to collect benefits.

Don't get me wrong, it is possible, but you still must first try everything in your power to preserve the employment before quitting.

The usual sequence of events when someone does meet all the elements for a quit with good cause is that you would receive a determination allowing benefits under one section of 402, but denied under the other until when at such time you become available for work again .. and then you can begin to collect the benefits.

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