CARE Act

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AARP volunteers and staff worked hard to ensure the passage of the CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act, which helps the over one million family caregivers in Virginia as they prepare to perform a variety of medical/nursing tasks, including medication management, injections, wound care, transfers, and more upon discharge of their loved ones from a hospital setting. Most Virginians who receive assistance at home rely exclusively on unpaid family caregivers for help – at a value to the commonwealth of about $11.7 billion annually.
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WILLIAMSBURG _ AARP Virginia State President Bob Blancato will speak on new legislation that helps caregivers at the Hampton Roads Coalition of Agencies Conference on April 9. The purpose of the conference, titled Putting the Fun Back into Aging, is to educate older adults about the components of healthy aging and to empower them to take action to live healthy lives.
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NEW LAW WILL HELP CAREGIVERS LEARN HOW TO CARE FOR FAMILY MEMBERS AFTER HOSPITAL DISCHARGE
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More than 1.7 million family caregivers in Virginia help their parents, spouses, aunts, uncles, and other loved ones live independently at home – where they want to be.  While they wouldn’t have it any other way, family caregiving can be a big job and a little help could make a world of difference. 
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Nearly half of family caregivers are being called on to perform medical or nursing tasks, often with little or no explanation or guidance.  Are you a family caregiver? Have you ever had a loved one come home from the hospital and no one showed you how to do the medical or nursing tasks that you were asked to perform?  AARP Virginia wants to hear from you! 
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