At any given time, about 770,000 Marylanders are taking care of aging or ailing loved ones. But who’s looking out for the caregivers?
AARP Maryland is urging lawmakers to pass a Caregivers Bill of Rights during the 2014 legislative session. The measure calls for the right to work for an understanding, supportive employer; to expect legislators to acknowledge the value of caregivers’ volunteer service and help ease the burden through tax credits; to expect medical professionals to recognize the caregiver’s critical role on a frail person’s health care team; and to easily find helpful resources.
Want to help pass the bill or tell your caregiving story? Email Tammy Bresnahan, AARP associate state director for advocacy, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The stories could help lawmakers understand the caregiver’s plight.