— Having a loved one in the hospital can be a stressful and emotional experience — especially if you don’t have the support you need. Each day, 40 million family caregivers help older parents, spouses, children with disabilities and other loved ones live independently at home. They help with bathing and dressing, manage finances, stand by their loved one’s side when they go into the hospital, care for them when they return home, and so much more. Some family caregivers, like …

— RALEIGH — Dr. Catherine Harvey Sevier of Greensboro has been appointed as the new state president of AARP North Carolina. The volunteer led AARP has 1.1 million members in the state and is instrumental in improving the lives of older adults through information, advocacy, community service and local offerings and events. Dr. Sevier has an extensive background in clinical nursing, academic cancer center administration, and health policy development. She was founding Executive Director/COO of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), which …

— Over one million North Carolinians are caring for an older parent or loved one, helping them to live independently at home – where they want to be.  These caregivers have a big job but we can help with some basic support—and commonsense solutions—to make their big responsibilities a little bit easier. That’s why AARP urges state lawmakers to enact the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act and help family caregivers as their loved ones go into the hospital and as …

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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 …