Caregivers need help, too. It is a simple fact that providing regular, often round-the-clock care to patients who are going through serious illnesses is a group effort. As a caretaker, while you may be the leader of that team, it is vital that you enlist others to help carry the load. Most caregivers need to balance the demands of their professional lives with the urgency of their loved ones’ medical needs. While many employers are more than understanding during such trying times, the Family and Medical leave Act (FMLA) permits eligible employees take up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave during a 12 month period for specified medical reasons, which includes caring for a spouse, parent or child.