When your spouse is unable to work it’s natural to feel worried about your family’s finances. You may feel like there is nothing you can do, but that isn’t true. Read on to learn what you can do to help your spouse and your family make it through this challenging time.
Follow Doctor’s Orders
The most important thing to do when your spouse is sick or otherwise unable to go back to work, is aid him or her as much as possible in the recovery process. Know the medical treatments prescribed to your spouse and help follow through on their daily recovery tasks. Here are some ideas to encourage your spouse and help keep your spouse on track.
- If possible, do the medical treatments with your spouse. Your spouse will appreciate a treatment buddy and this will help keep him/her accountable. Doing the medical treatment together can help strengthen your marriage.
- Write reminder notes around your house. This will show further support for your spouse and is another way to keep on schedule with your spouse’s medical treatments
- Stay positive. It’s easy to get discouraged during the recovery process. Help keep your spouse’s spirits high with positive encouragement.
While difficult, your spouse’s medical treatments should help your spouse regain their original strength. Do not rush back to work at the first sign of health. A premature return to work may result in reinjury and possibly more severe injuries. Once your spouse is fully recovered, then start your job search.
When your spouse cannot work, find a job to provide for your family’s needs. Even with the help of family, friends, and government assistance, you probably need additional income to sustain your family’s lifestyle.
If you are already working, see if you can work more hours or apply for other jobs that offer higher wages. These will be difficult times, but if you plan carefully and budget your paychecks, your family can get by until your spouse can return to work.
Talk to a Lawyer
If your spouse is unable to work due to a injury sustained at their job, your spouse may qualify for disability benefits. When your spouse suffers a workplace injury, they should immediately notify their supervisor after seeking medical attention. Your employer’s work place insurance should cover your medical bills for your accident and provide some form of disability leave income.
However, this compensation is not always enough. If you feel that your compensation is inadequate, contact a disability attorney and discuss how you can get the compensation you need.
The information for this article is credited to the Law Offices of Ball Johnson, P.C. who specialize in Veteran Social Security Disability cases in Michigan.