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Governor Carney signs the Share the Care Act into law

On June 13, Governor John Carney signed the Share the Care Act into law. AARP advocated with stakeholders to pass the bill to provide more help at home for family caregivers. The bill will help caregivers balance life’s responsibilities, help their loved ones avoid missed medicines, and help Delawareans remain in their own homes for as long as possible.

The Share the Care Act removes a legal barrier that prevents home health aides or personal care workers from giving medicines to patients at home. The bill would make it possible for families to delegate the task of giving routine pills, eye drops, etc. to aides/workers once a responsible family caregiver organizes the medication for the aide by date and time, and provides clear written instructions. Certain controlled substances will not be allowed to be given by aides.

Home healthcare nurse with senior adult patient. Medications.
Caring home healthcare nurse conducts medical consultation with African descent senior adult woman at her home or nursing home. The female patient is being giving prescription medications as prescribed by her doctor. Medical chart.
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“Thank you, Gov. Carney, for your understanding of the importance of family caregiving to Delawareans,” said AARP State Director Lucretia Young. “We also thank the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Jack Walsh and Rep. Paul Baumbach, for their leadership.”

Moving forward, AARP will continue to advocate on issues that make life better for family caregivers and their loved ones.

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