More than 1.6 million Pennsylvanians care for older parents, spouses or other loved ones, helping them to live independently at home. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and PA now has a law that will make life a little bit easier for them.
The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act helps family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home.
The CARE Act requires hospitals to:
- Provide your loved one the opportunity to designate a family caregiver.
- Inform you when your loved one is to be discharged to another facility or back home.
- Give you an explanation and demonstration of the medical tasks you will need to perform at home.
“AARP is here in PA fighting for older Americans and their families said Joanne Grossi, PA State President AARP and Executive Vice President, PA Breast Cancer Coalition. Because of the work of AARP, the CARE Act is now a reality for all Pennsylvanians. This crucial law gives essential information and support to caregivers, including families who are facing a breast cancer diagnosis and living with metastatic disease. Caregiving is a big responsibility, and caregivers should have the important information that they need to safely care for their loved ones at home.”
AARP Pennsylvania led the fight in PA for the CARE Act. To see the full release please click here: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pennsylvanias-care-act-takes-effect-april-20-300441932.html.