NEW YORK, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel will be honored tonight by a patients’ rights group for her successful advocacy on behalf of family caregivers.
New Yorkers for Patient & Family Empowerment noted Finkel “is spearheading an important effort to improve hospital engagement of family caregivers in the discharge planning process, for a better transition from hospital to home.”
Finkel and her team at AARP NY helped push the CARE Act (Caregiver Advise Record and Enable) through the state Legislature this year to help New Yorkers age safely at home.
The legislation, which will be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his approval, would allow hospital patients to designate family caregivers and require hospitals to offer caregivers instruction and demonstrations in how to perform medical procedures patients will need after being discharged home.
Finkel is to be honored at New Yorkers for Patient & Family Empowerment’s “Preventing Harm, Promoting Safety in Healthcare” event from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cherkasky-Davis Conference Center, 330 West 42nd Street, Manhattan.
“I’m pleased to receive this honor because it helps shine the spotlight on family caregivers and their growing importance to our healthcare system and our society,” Finkel said. “As our population ages and more of our elderly need care from a dwindling number of potential caregivers, my AARP colleagues and I are thrilled that our leaders are recognizing caregivers’ needs - and understanding that helping them helps us all.”
New Yorkers for Patient & Family Empowerment is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to empower patients and their loved ones in interacting with the healthcare system, strengthen public access to information on patient safety, and improve the quality and safety of healthcare in New York.
Robert Master, Director of Legislative/Political and Mobilization Activities for the Communications Workers of America District 1, and Arthur Levin, Director of the Center for Medical Consumers, are also to be honored.
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