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Family Caregiving for Seniors - SageCorner Blog

Has Your State Enacted the CARE Act Yet?

by Deah on Sunday, April 30, 2017 10:12 AM

Estimating that there are as many as 40 million caregivers in the US, the AARP has been leading the fight for the "CARE Act" (Stands for:  Caregiver Advise, Record, and Enable) which will help family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and when they return home. It is expected that this act will help control health care costs, reduce hospital readmission, and return trips to the emergency room by assuring that the caregivers receive the information and knowledge that is needed to safely care for a loved one at home.

This act has been developed with three key elements in mind. Although slightly different in each state the law requires that hospitals:

  1. Record the name of the family caregiver on the medical record of your loved one.
  2. Inform the family caregiver when the patient is to be discharged.
  3. Provide the family caregiver with education and live instruction of the medical tasks he or she will need to perform for the patient at home.

Caregivers are often left out of the loop during these emergency and/or hospital visits. Since the duties of caregivers often involve assisting with transportation, cooking, housework, shopping, managing finances, bathing, bodily functions, eating, medications, and so much more, caregiving can be one of the most challenging and important jobs any of us will ever do. The added stress of caregiving can affect the caregiver’s health and put strain on relationships. It is believed that these simple regulations may improve the care of older adults and alleviate some caregiver stress, as well as helping loved ones to remain in their homes for a longer period of time.

To see if you state has enacted the CARE Act, visit AARP website to see what your state has to offer.

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Lori Paterno, M.Ed. Has a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling From Penn State University.  She has over 20 years professional experience in Human Services, Counseling, and Education.

Lori Paterno, M.Ed. Has a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling From Penn State University.  She has over 20 years professional experience in Human Services, Counseling, and Education. 
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