AARP and a statewide coalition of partners worked diligently to introduce the Share the Care Act into the 2018 legislative session. The group fought hard for the bill, which would allow family caregivers to get the help they need as they balance family, work and caregiving. For a variety of reasons, the bill never made it out of committee. AARP is already building another strong grassroots effort for next year to re-introduce this important piece of legislation and ensure it passes.
Caregiving is challenging, as Delaware’s 123,000 unpaid family caregivers can attest. Home health aides can provide needed support with tasks such as bathing, dressing and feeding. But because state law does not allow these workers to administer medications, family caregivers often have to leave work to do it themselves.
In support of unpaid family caregivers, AARP Delaware is sponsoring a room at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware. The house provides shelter for families of children who are seriously or chronically ill or injured and are receiving treatment at area hospitals.
As the state population ages, an increasing number of older Delawareans want to continue to live at home with help from family caregivers. But many caregivers have full-time jobs and can’t be home to manage medications throughout the day.
Delaware’s Sussex County is popular for retirees, with people 60-plus making up nearly 1 in 3 residents. But with limited public transportation and many rural roads, southern Delaware can be challenging to get around.
Caring for a parent, spouse or other adult? AARP Delaware is distributing a wallet card that spells out new support for family caregivers under a state law that took effect Jan. 1.
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.
AARP members and a guest are invited to a free screening of 5 Flights Up starring Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton. Meet AARP staff, volunteers, and other members during the event and be sure to stop by the AARP table to learn more about what AARP is doing in your community to help everyone 50+ to live life to the fullest.
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