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AARP: Big Help for Family Caregivers as NY to Expand Home Health Aide Tasks

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ALBANY, New York – Following the state Legislature’s passage of a  bill negotiated with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to create a new class of advanced home health aides who would be allowed to perform previously prohibited health tasks,  AARP New York State Director Beth Finkelissued the following  statement:  

“New York’s family caregivers will get a huge helping hand with this expansion of tasks that properly trained, certified and supervised advanced home health aides will be allowed to perform.

“Family caregivers often have to leave work at lunch or travel from home to administer eye or ear drops or handle other basic health tasks for their loved ones.

“Allowing advanced home health aides to perform more common health care procedures will improve access to care - in New Yorkers’ homes, rather than in costly, taxpayer-funded institutional settings.

“The bill the state legislature has passed – in agreement with Governor Cuomo - will relieve family caregivers’ burdens and support them in helping their loved ones age with dignity in their own homes – as the vast majority want - while saving taxpayers money.”

“New York’s over four million family caregivers already provide unpaid care valued at $31.3 billion annually, and as our population ages, the need for long-term care will only increase.

“AARP applauds Governor Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Flanagan, Assembly Speaker Heastie and their colleagues for bringing New York on par with 16 other states that have allowed nurses to assign a wider range of tasks to paid aides. AARP thanks Senator LaValle and Assemblymember Glick for their leadership in helping move the bill to the floor for a vote.”

Contact: Erik Kriss, ekriss@aarp.org

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