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— More than 1.6 million Pennsylvanians care for older parents, spouses or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and on April 20, 2017, a new law takes effect 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 …

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— AARP today celebrates the enactment of the Kentucky Family Caregivers Act.  We applaud legislative leaders and Governor Bevin for signing this bill, which will benefit caregivers and their loved ones. In addition to Governor Bevin, AARP Kentucky salutes the leadership of Paul Hornback, his co-sponsors Senators Julie Raque Adams, Danny Carroll, C.B. Embry, and Representative Addia Wuchner. “Kentucky’s elected officials worked together on behalf of our state’s most passionate unpaid workers, family caregivers,” said Charlotte Whittaker, AARP Kentucky State President. …

— Caregiving can be stressful, exhausting and daunting. A new state law aims to ease the stress by providing caregivers with training and support when a loved one comes home from a hospital stay. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which took effect Jan. 1, will allow every hospital patient to designate a family caregiver, whose contact information will be included in the patient’s medical record. The hospital must make reasonable efforts to keep the caregiver informed about the patient’s release …

— A bill filed this week in the Texas Senate would ensure that Texans taking care of a loved one released from a hospital or rehabilitation facility would receive caregiver information and training. Senate Bill 1417 by Texas Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano) would guarantee that family caregivers receive consultation in medical tasks, such as how to dress a wound or administer medications, to ensure that they can safely provide care when their loved ones return home. Known as the CARE Act, …

— By Thomas Korosec Eva Bonilla fought back tears as she told legislators about her experience caring for her father and daughter. It was intimidating to tell her story to the Texas House Public Health Committee, she recalled. “There’s a group of people looking at you. You’re not a professional who’s used to doing this,” she said of her 2014 appearance before the panel. Still, the 68-year-old tour company owner from Fort Worth was able to describe her difficulty in keeping …

— The Caregiver, Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act takes effect March 8, requiring state agencies to develop guidance for hospitals to ease the transition back home for patients and their caregivers. By this fall, hospitals across the state will give every patient an opportunity to designate a caregiver, notify the caregiver when the patient is about to be discharged and instruct the caregiver on how to perform follow-up medical tasks for the patient at home, such as managing medications or dressing …

— By Cristina Rouvalis In the past seven years, Maryann Filippello’s husband, Frank, has been treated for a heart attack, two strokes, diabetes, urinary tract infections and other ailments. Now bedridden, Frank Filippello, 74, was once so vibrant he managed and supervised several levels of concession stands at Philadelphia Flyers games and other events. “It’s extremely difficult for me, but I prefer to have him home. I watch everything,” said Maryann, 72, his wife of 50 years. Her caregiver role is …

— Texans taking care of a loved one released from a hospital or rehabilitation facility would receive caregiver information and training, under a bill filed this week in the Texas Legislature. Known as the CARE Act, the legislation would guarantee that family caregivers receive consultation in medical tasks, such as how to dress a wound or administer medications, to ensure that they can safely provide care when their loved ones return home. State Rep. Four Price (R-Amarillo) filed House Bill 2425. …

— Statement by AARP Kentucky State Director, Ron Bridges, on Senate Passage of SB 129 – Kentucky Family Caregivers Act. “This is an important step for family caregivers and their loved ones. AARP is thankful to the Senate for passing SB 129, and for the leadership of Senator Paul Hornback, R-Shelby and his co-sponsors Senators Julie Raque Adams, R-Jefferson and C.B. Embry, R-Ohio. Senate Bill 129 would help to improve post-discharge outcomes by improving coordination with family caregivers, reduce costly hospital …

— The Senate Health and Welfare Committee, chaired by Senator Vicki Schmidt, passed the CARE Act out of committee on Monday, February 20, 2017 with two amendments. The following is information about what the bill does and how it supports caregivers. SB 68, as amended by Senate Committee – The CARE Act (Kansas Lay Caregivers Act) The CARE Act provides a simple way to support Kansas caregivers when their loved one is hospitalized. The CARE Act: Gives a hospital patient the …