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CARE Act (SB177) supporting family caregivers heads for assembly hearing

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After passing the Nevada Senate with a unanimous vote, a bill aimed at helping family caregivers be better prepared to take care of loved ones at home, heads for the Assembly Committee on Health and Human Services next week.  Known as the CARE Act, SB177 would improve communication between hospitals and caregivers, ensuring the caregiver is notified when a loved one is discharged or transferred, and receives instruction on any after-care required at home – such as dressing wounds or managing prescriptions.

The bill will be heard in the Assembly Committee on Health and Human Services meeting scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Monday, April 27.

According to recent AARP research, more than 500,000 Nevadans serve as family caregivers, providing unpaid care ranging from household tasks to transportation.  More than 70 percent of Nevada caregivers also perform complex medical tasks – often with little or no training.

“When caregivers and hospitals work together, everyone wins,” said Hilarie Grey, interim state director for AARP Nevada. “The CARE Act is common sense legislation – ensuring caregivers are prepared to care for loved ones at home, and in the process dramatically reducing the risk of a return trip to the hospital.”

“The steps outlined in the CARE Act will facilitate smooth transitions home for patients, while ensuring continuity of care,” said Bill Welch, executive director of the Nevada Hospital Association. The not-for-profit trade association, which represents hospitals, health-related agencies and organizations across the state, has endorsed SB177.

The CARE Act moves to the Nevada Assembly with the endorsement of more than 50 organizations representing all sectors – from business and civic groups and faith-based organizations to health professionals and disease-specific advocacy groups.  Their support underscores the universal impact family caregivers have on the health and wellbeing of all Nevadans.

Organizations across Nevada endorsing passage of the CARE Act include:   

Alzheimer’s Association of Northern Nevada

 

Alzheimer’s Association of Southern Nevada

 

Arthritis Foundation

 

Autism Commission

 

BrightStar Care

 

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation                          of  Nevada Family Services

 

Center for Healthy Aging

 

Children’s Advocacy Alliance

 

Colors of Lupus Nevada

 

Commission on Services for Persons with Disabilities

 

Consumer Assistance and Resource Enterprise (CARE)

 

Consumer Direct Personal Care

 

Easter Seals

 

Geriatric Specialty Care

 

Health Insight

 

Human Services Network

 

Las Vegas Urban League

 

Latin Chamber of Commerce Nevada, Inc.

 

Lawrence Matheis, Retired

 

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada

 

Legislative Committee on Seniors, Veterans and Adults      with Special Needs

 

Lutheran and Episcopal Advocacy in Nevada

 

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

 

Nevada Advanced Practice Nurses Association

 

Nevada Advocates for Planned Parenthood Affiliates Inc.

 

Nevada Association of Social Workers

 

Nevada Catholic Conference

 

Nevada Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation

 

Nevada Commission on Aging

 

Nevada Delegation of the National Silver Haired Congress

 

Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities

 

Nevada Health Care Association

 

Nevada Hospital Association

 

Nevada Nurses Association

 

Nevada Public Health Association

 

Nevada Senior Services

 

Nevada Silver Haired Legislative Forum

 

Nevada State Medical Association

 

Nevada Women’s Lobby

 

Nevadans for the Common Good

 

Opportunity Village

 

Personal Care Association of Nevada

 

Phillips Consulting Group

 

Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada

 

Religious Alliance in Nevada

 

Senior Spectrum Newspapers

 

Sierra Home Health

 

Southern Nevada Senior Law Program

 

Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease

 

The Continuum

 

The FEMR Group

 

The Senior Sage

 

U.S. Pain Foundation, Inc.

 

Washoe County Senior Services

 

Western Physicians Alliance

 

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