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More than 770,000 Marylanders perform a great labor of love: helping their older parents, spouses, and other loved ones to live independently at home, where they want to be. Family caregivers are the first line of defense against older Marylanders being readmitted into hospitals or forced to move into nursing homes. In addition to cooking meals, handling finances, and providing personal care, many family caregivers perform medical tasks such as managing medications, wound care, and injections, often with little or no training. In fact:
- Most care recipients (69%) did not have a home visit by a health care professional after dis-charge from the hospital.
- Almost half (46%) of family caregivers perform medical tasks for their loved ones with multiple chronic conditions.
- Most family caregivers report that they received little or no training to perform these tasks.
That’s why I’m asking you to support the Caregiver Advise, Record Enable (CARE) Act. The CARE Act is one commonsense solution to help family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The CARE Act would ensure that hospitals record the family caregiver’s name when a loved one is admitted; notify the family caregiver when the loved one is to be discharged; and provide instruction of medical tasks that the family caregiver will need to perform at home.
Please join AARP Maryland in supporting the CARE Act — sign below!
You can view last year's bill here at: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2015RS/bills/hb/hb1006F.pdf
Please note we are negotiating the timeframes and other aspects of the bill for this years session.