AARP Oklahoma’s fight to pass Senate Bill 1536 as part of its ongoing caregiving work was the focus of a report that aired nationally on PBS NewsHour, April 8th.
Click HERE to watch the story.
The report, entitled “Easing the burden of long-term medical demands for family caregivers,” explored the plight of two Oklahoma City families – the Mitchems and the Shapards — who now care for loved ones at home as a result of medical illnesses. The burden of performing medical and nursing tasks at home with little or no training was a compelling illustration of why SB 1536 is AARP’s top state legislative priority in Oklahoma this year.
State Director Sean Voskuhl, who was interviewed in the story, said Oklahoma caregivers are burdened, overwhelmed and looking for help. AARP worked directly with State Senator Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, to craft legislation that was introduced as Senate Bill 1536 earlier this year.
A non-partisan survey commissioned by AARP in February, showed nearly all Oklahomans want better training for caregivers and three out of four support the ideas included in SB 1536.
AARP Oklahoma successfully lobbied for passage of SB 1536 by the state Senate in February and is currently working with House Leadership to secure vote by the full House of Representatives before the April 24th deadline.
Call your State Representative and urge him/her to support SB 1536 at: 1-800-944-6708.