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Supporting Family Caregivers in Iowa

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Caring for a parent, spouse, or other loved one can be a 24/7 job that is emotionally, physically and financially difficult. That’s why AARP works tirelessly to support family caregivers, striving to make your big responsibilities a little bit easier.

RESOURCES


AARP Family Caregiving Site
AARP is here to help with information and resources on caregiver life balance, financial and legal issues, care at home, health and more.

Community Resource Finder
Easily access a comprehensive listing of dementia and aging-related resources such as care providers, programs and services available in a specified area.

Quick Tips for Caregivers
Check out how to use simple household items to solve everyday challenges


FIGHTING FOR YOU

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Improving coordination between hospitals and caregivers
AARP Iowa is proud to have fought for the passage of the Iowa CARE Act, which provides crucial support for family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital – and as they transition home. It requires hospitals to:
1. Offer patients the opportunity to identify a family caregiver, and then record that caregiver in the medical record
2. Inform family caregivers when their loved one is set to be discharged back home
3. Discuss the caregivers’ abilities and limitations
4. Instruct family caregivers on aftercare tasks they will need to perform at home, including wound care and medication management.

To join the fight for family caregivers and their loved ones, sign up to be an e-activist.

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New Law Creates Caregiver Advisory Committee
AARP’s National Volunteer President Catherine Alicia Georges serves on the RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council, created by a bipartisan federal law that AARP fought hard to pass. The Council is charged with developing a national strategy to support family caregivers that includes communities, providers, government, and others. Learn more about the RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council.


Share your Story

Join the thousands of family caregivers have shared their experiences through AARP’s storytelling initiative, I Heart Caregivers. Your story will help AARP continue to fight for more support for family caregivers, including help at home, workplace flexibility, training, and relief in your state.
Contact information and more from your state office. Learn what we are doing to champion social change and help you live your best life.