The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act takes effect this month in the Garden State, and AARP New Jersey is planning a forum May 20 in North Bergen to inform family caregivers how the new law may affect them.
The act allows hospital patients to designate a family caregiver and requires hospitals to notify the caregiver before the patient is moved or discharged. In addition, the hospital will show caregivers how to perform tasks needed at home, such as managing medications or dressing wounds.
New Jersey is home to about 1.8 million caregivers, and the demand is growing. In 2010, there were 6.8 potential caregivers in New Jersey for every person in need of one; that ratio will drop to 4.3 by 2030 and 2.9 by 2050, according to an AARP study.
The 10 a.m. forum will be available as a live feed at facebook.com/aarpnj.