Professional caregivers also are encouraged to participate and provide perspective on the issue.
Join AARP Virginia to participate in a listening session to learn about and provide feedback on new C.A.R.E. Act legislation that is being drafted. Two sessions are being held to accommodate busy schedules:
Monday, Nov. 10
Afternoon session: 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Evening session: 5:30-7:00 p.m.
The sessions will explore issues related to caregiving tasks that family members are expected to provide for patients at home. For example, should hospitals be required to notify family caregivers before their loved one is transferred or discharged? Should hospitals be required to offer instruction including a live demonstration on care tasks that the family caregiver is being asked to perform at home?
Nearly half of family caregivers are being called on to perform medical or nursing tasks, often with little or no explanation or guidance. That’s why AARP Virginia is urging the 2015 General Assembly to pass legislation to ensure that hospitals formally acknowledge a patient’s family caregiver at the time of admission and notify the family caregiver at the time of discharge or transition. We also are asking hospitals to make sure that family caregivers are offered an explanation and live demonstration of the medical or nursing tasks they will need to perform at home.