House Bill 139, the CARE Act, Gives Family Caregivers Formal Role in Patient Care

Posted on 01/23/2015 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Advocacy When Betty’s husband suffered from complications during surgery, caring for him also became much more complicated.  “He had to go under the knife twice again and now he has a hole the size of his fist that has to be changed and repacked twice a day,” Betty said. “I was taught to change his dressing and repack his openings. It is a good thing that I have a strong stomach because changing the bandages and repacking his wounds is bad.”  …

New Mexico State Sen. Padilla, Rep. Salazar Named to AARP’s “Capitol Caregivers”

Posted on 01/13/2015 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Advocacy To recognize their work to support family caregivers in New Mexico, AARP named New Mexico State Sen. Michael Padilla and State Rep. Tomas Salazar as 2014 “Capitol Caregivers”,a bipartisan group of 46 state legislators and three governors from 19 states. These elected officials have advanced policies to help family caregivers who are making it possible for older New Mexicans to live independently at home—where they want to be.  “AARP thanks both Sen. Padilla and Rep. Salazar for championing House Joint …

Legislative Proposal Could Improve Follow-up Care

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy AARP New Mexico is asking lawmakers to pass legislation this year that could improve communication between hospitals and family caregivers. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act would allow each patient to identify a family caregiver, who would be informed when the patient is moved or discharged. In addition, hospital staff would show the caregiver how to perform follow-up care, such as managing medications or dressing wounds, before the patient goes home. “The CARE Act would ensure that family caregivers …

New Scorecard Ranks New Mexico 14th in the Nation For Serving Older Adults, Disabled

Posted on 06/24/2014 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Advocacy   A new scorecard on long-term services shows that while New Mexico ranks first in the amount it spends on Home and Community Based Services, it ranks 37 in support for family caregivers and 38 in the area of Quality of Life and Quality of Care. Overall the Scorecard gave the state a ranking of 14, but the individual indicators show what areas still need work.  “Raising Expectations 2014: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, …

Memorial Creates NM Task Force on Family Caregiving

Posted on 02/21/2014 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Advocacy In the last few minutes of the 2014 New Mexico Legislative Session, lawmakers endorsed the idea of developing a family caregiver state plan.  House Joint Memorial 4, sponsored by Rep. Tomás Salazar and shepherded through the Senate by Sen. Michael Padilla, was passed by the Senate 13 minutes before adjournment. “We hear over and over again that people, who are taking care of a loved one, don’t consider themselves caregivers. It’s just something they do,” said Gene Varela, AARP New …

What the New Health Law Really Means for You

Posted on 09/6/2013 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Advocacy By now almost everyone is familiar with the existence of the Affordable Care Act but what many people are still unclear about is what it will mean for them. AARP New Mexico will be conducting a series of discussions over the next few months about the new law to help people learn more about it. The first such session took place at the New Mexico Conference on Aging held in August at the Isleta Resort and Casino. “The Affordable Care …