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
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
Geriatric Specialty Care
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
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 FEMR Group
The Senior Sage
U.S. Pain Foundation, Inc.
Washoe County Senior Services
Western Physicians Alliance