When Missouri lawmakers convene in January 2016 for the next legislative session, they will be asked to consider a bill called the CARE Act. Under the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, the critical role family caregivers play in keeping their loved ones out of costly institutions is recognized. AARP supports this measure.
The three main provisions of the CARE Act are:
1. The name of the family caregiver is recorded when a loved one is admitted into a hospital;
2. The family caregiver is notified if the loved one is to be discharged to another facility or back home; and
3. The facility must provide an explanation and live instruction of the medical tasks – such as medication management, injections, wound care, and transfers – that the family caregiver will perform at home.
AARP Missouri is encouraging state legislators to support and pass the CARE Act. AARP is also encouraging the public to weigh in on this important issue by going online and signing the petition at action.aarp.org/mocaregivers.