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


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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