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Proposed Bill Would Help Family Caregivers


As the 2016 legislative session approaches, AARP Hawaii is building support for legislation that would help family caregivers when a loved one returns from a hospital stay.

About 154,000 Hawaii residents are family caregivers whose unpaid services—valued at more than $2 billion a year—make it possible for adult loved ones to live at home instead of in costly nursing homes.

The proposed legislation would allow every hospital patient to designate a family caregiver. The hospital would inform the caregiver about discharge plans and offer to show him or her how to perform follow-up medical tasks the patient will need at home.

AARP is encouraging members to support the bill by signing a petition at AARP also is hosting caregiving conferences Nov. 7 on Oahu, Nov. 14 on Kauai and Nov. 20 on Maui.

To register, go to or call 877-926-8300 toll-free.

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