A new state law aims to better prepare family caregivers when a patient comes home from a hospital stay. The law, which took effect Jan. 1, could also reduce hospital readmissions.
The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act allows every hospital patient to designate a family caregiver. The hospital must notify the caregiver about discharge plans and show the caregiver how to perform follow-up tasks the patient will need at home.
In New Hampshire, more than 173,000 family caregivers provide unpaid services valued at $2.2 billion per year. They help a parent, spouse or other adult with bathing, dressing, meals and transportation, as well as health care needs such as managing medications.
To request a wallet-sized card that summarizes caregivers’ rights under the law, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or pick up a card at your local ServiceLink aging and disability resource center. To find a center near you, go to servicelink.nh.gov.