In recognition of his work during the 2017 Regular Texas Legislative Session, state Rep. Four Price (R-Amarillo) was presented today a Texas Legislative Achievement Award from AARP Texas.
Rep. Price authored and fought for legislation – House Bill 2425 – known as the CARE Act to help Texans when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home.
The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act ensures that family caregivers receive consultation in medical tasks, such as how to dress a wound or administer medications, to ensure that they can safely provide care when their loved ones return home a hospital.
The new law provides that the name of a family caregiver be recorded when a loved one is admitted into a hospital or rehabilitation facility. Secondly, the family caregiver is notified if the loved one is to be discharged to another facility or back home. And lastly, the care facility provides an explanation and instruction of the medical tasks that the family caregivers perform will perform at home.
“Representative Price’s work has resulted in a new law to meaningfully help unpaid family caregivers and their families,” said AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson. “We are pleased to recognize him with a much-deserved AARP Texas Legislative Achievement Award.”
Representative Price was presented the award at an educational conference for family caregivers, hosted by the Area Agency on Aging of the Panhandle, that was held Wednesday in Amarillo. Jon Weizenbaum of the AARP Texas Executive Council (the former Commissioner of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services) and Blake Hutson of the AARP Texas state advocacy team were among the award presenters.
Representative Price represents Texas House District 87 in the Texas Panhandle.