In 2022, AARP Georgia will be strongly focused on legislation that supports family caregivers, specifically the Georgia Caregivers Act.
Across our state family caregivers help their older parents, spouses, adults and children with disabilities, and other loved ones so they can live independently in their homes and communities—instead of in costly, taxpayer-funded institutions. They assist with meal preparation, managing finances, transportation, and much more.
Many Georgia family caregivers also perform medical or nursing tasks for their loved ones like complex medication management, wound care, and injections. Yet most receive little or no training for these important duties. That’s why AARP Georgia is asking the Georgia state legislature to support caregiving families with a no-cost, commonsense bill called the Georgia Caregivers Act:
The Act requires three primary elements:
- Identify: The patient identifies a caregiver upon admission to the hospital
- Notify: The caregiver is notified of the plan to discharge the patient home
- Instruct: The caregiver is given live instruction and training on the medical and nursing tasks to be performed at home.
In 2021, more than half of Georgia’s hospitals were penalized for excessive patient readmissions. The Georgia Caregiver’s Act could help. In states where the CARE Act is law, nurses and other health and social service professionals say it has helped them engage with family caregivers and reduce unnecessary re-hospitalizations.
AARP Georgia will be monitoring and advocating for other important issues that affect the 50+ in Georgia throughout the 2022 legislative session. Read on for our Week #1 update and be sure to bookmark this page and check back often!
Week #2 (Jan. 17 - 21)
Check out our Week #2 Capitol Catch Up video update from AARP Georgia Advocacy Director, Nancy Pitra!
Week #1 (Jan. 10-14)
The Georgia General Assembly kicked off the 2022 legislative session on Monday, January 10th. Find out what happened with our Week #1 Capitol Catch Up.
Interested in what AARP is doing in the Georgia Statehouse? Be sure to bookmark this page as the place to find information on AARP Georgia's priority legislative issues and general updates on how the 2022 legislative session is progressing. If you would like to get involved with the advocacy efforts of AARP Georgia as a volunteer, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org