In the United States, 40 states have enacted a law to help family caregivers care for their parents or senior loved ones after a hospital discharge. The law is called the CARE Act – but what is the act and how can caregivers get access to it?
Learn more about the CARE Act and how it can help caregivers after a loved one’s hospitalization or rehabilitation facility stay.
The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act was enacted to help the growing number of family caregivers bridge the gap between medical procedures in the hospital and the hospital discharge to home.
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In other words, the CARE Act helps caregivers know what to do and how to do it after a parent or senior loved one’s hospitalization.
The CARE Act requires that hospitals and rehabilitation facilities:
According to an AARP report, approximately 34.2 million Americans have provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the past 12 months.
Today’s family caregivers manage a wide range of complex medical procedures that once was reserved only for professional doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists, including:
Most caregivers don’t feel confident performing some of the highly technical procedures that their loved ones need without any type of formal education. This is one reason that AARP proposed the CARE Act across the country.
There are currently 40 states in the U.S. (including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) that have adopted the CARE Act:
States that are not listed above have not yet passed the CARE Act.
If you are one of the 40 million family caregivers in the U.S. who cares for an aging parent or senior loved one, you may already know how stressful a hospitalization can be. The CARE Act is a tool that AARP hopes will help caregivers, who need all the support they can get while caring for a loved one after a hospitalization or rehabilitation facility stay.
Has the CARE Act been passed in your state? What has your experience been like caring for a loved one after a hospital discharge? We’d like to hear your stories and thoughts in the comments below.