More than 500,000 Nevada family caregivers and their loved ones will get some much needed help, as the bill known as the CARE Act (SB177) was passed and signed into law during the 78th (2015) session of the Nevada Legislature. The new law strengthens communication between hospitals and family caregivers, ensuring a designated caregiver is notified when a loved one is discharged or transferred, and receives instruction on any after-care required at home – such as managing prescriptions or dressing wounds.
After passing the Nevada Senate with a unanimous vote, a bill aimed at helping family caregivers be better prepared to take care of loved ones at home, heads for the Assembly Committee on Health and Human Services next week. Known as the CARE Act, SB177 would improve communication between hospitals and caregivers, ensuring the caregiver is notified when a loved one is discharged or transferred, and receives instruction on any after-care required at home – such as dressing wounds or managing prescriptions.
Caregiver communication: The difference between a successful transition home and a return trip to the hospital
If you've ever been a caregiver, you know that good communication from health professionals is critical when it comes to your ability to manage medications and perform other care tasks - especially when your family member is coming home from the hospital.
A new posse is riding herd on the legislature. AARP Nevada is organizing dozens of volunteers to advocate for policies that help the 50-plus population as well as vulnerable people such as family caregivers and low-wage earners.
During the 2013 legislative session, Nevada AARP is working for you: to protect home and community based services; provide legal protections for family caregivers; support access to quality, affordable health care and strengthen protections from fraudulent and abusive business practices. You can get involved and make your voice heard by joining our Legislative Posse! We'll send you special alerts about hearings, activities and ways you can take action during the legislative session.
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