More than 75,000 DC residents care for older parents or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility and now Washington, D.C. has taken action to make life a little bit easier for them.
A new law – the CARE Act – makes sure family caregivers are recognized when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home.
The CARE Act requires hospitals to:
- Provide your loved one the opportunity to designate a family caregiver
- Notify you when your loved one is to be discharged back home
- Instruct you on the medical tasks that you will need to perform at home
AARP DC fought to make the CARE Act a reality, because supporting caregivers is a top priority for all of us.
Free wallet card!
Click here to download and print your free CARE Act wallet cards – one for you and one for your loved one. That way, you’ll have the important information and this new law available when you need it most.