Caregiver communication: The difference between a successful transition home and a return trip to the hospital

Posted on 11/11/2014 by | AARP Nevada | Comments

Advocacy If you’ve ever been a caregiver, you know that good communication from health professionals is critical when it comes to your ability to manage medications and perform other care tasks – especially when your family member is coming home from the hospital. That’s why AARP Nevada is pressing for legislation in 2015 that aims to cut down on re-admissions and help caregivers be better prepared to take care of loved ones at home. Called the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) …

Bill Aims to Ease the Transition from Hospital to Home

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy AARP Nevada is pressing for legislation in 2015 that could reduce hospital readmissions by improving communication between hospital staff and family caregivers. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act would require hospitals to ask each patient to identify a caregiver. The hospital would teach the caregiver how to do follow-up procedures needed at home—such as managing medications or dressing wounds—and inform the caregiver when the patient is moved or discharged. In 2009 some 364,000 Nevadans provided unpaid care for family …

Utility Watchdog Team Fights for Fair Rates

Posted on 08/12/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Anticipating that power utility NV Energy will propose rate changes this summer, AARP Nevada is recruiting volunteers to join its Utility Watchdogs team. Summer cooling costs are particularly burdensome for Nevadans on fixed incomes. When the state Public Utilities Commission considers a rate case, AARP experts comment on the proposal, and the AARP Nevada Utility Watchdog team ensures consumers’ voices are heard. The volunteers recently helped defeat a Southwest Gas proposal to charge customers for infrastructure replacement before the work …

AARP Nevada and “watchdogs” help avert proposed Southwest Gas surcharge

Posted on 06/18/2014 by | AARP Nevada | Comments

Advocacy In a victory for consumers across the state, AARP Nevada and hundreds of volunteers helped stop a recent proposal to bring a new surcharge to Southwest Gas customers.  The Southwest Gas proposal for Gas Infrastructure Replacement -  an accelerated replacement of aging gas lines - required extra payments from residential customers before the work was completed, or even started – the equivalent of ratepayers giving a loan to the utility company to complete its work. AARP Nevada spoke out against the surcharge, providing testimony at hearings as well as written comments to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).  Volunteer …

Las Vegas ranked 13th most dangerous in the nation for preventable pedestrian deaths

Posted on 05/20/2014 by | AARP Nevada | Comments

Advocacy Las Vegas is among the most dangerous communities in the nation for pedestrians, ranking 13th most dangerous out of the 51 largest metro areas, a new report released by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America, said. Over the decade from 2003 – 2012, 540 Nevadans were killed while walking, including 413 in the metro Las Vegas area. The report, Dangerous by Design 2014 ranks America’s major metropolitan areas according to a Pedestrian Danger Index that …

Survey: Older Nevadans strongly support bipartisan legislation to fight age discrimination

Posted on 03/20/2014 by | AARP Nevada | Comments

Advocacy Older Nevadans overwhelmingly support bipartisan legislation to combat age discrimination in the workplace, a new AARP survey shows. The poll conducted this month of registered voters 50 and older found a remarkable 85 percent favor passage of the bipartisan “Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act” (POWADA). In contrast, only 8 percent oppose passage, the survey reported.  “This AARP survey confirms what Nevadans know: huge majorities demand fairness for older workers,” said Hilarie Grey, communications director for AARP Nevada. “And that …