Support the CARE Act

Every day, about 317,000 Iowans are helping an aging parent, a spouse, or other loved one live independently at home by supporting them as a family caregiver in various ways.

A recent AARP Iowa survey found that 50% of Iowa family caregivers reported leaving the hospital without a demonstration of the medical care they needed to perform at home. These unpaid family caregivers have a huge responsibility and we can take some common sense steps that would make the world of difference for them.

That's why AARP Iowa is urging the Iowa State Legislature to pass the CARE Act in 2018. The CARE Act would help family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital by ensuring:

  • A family caregiver's name is recorded on their loved one's medical record.
  • A designated family caregiver is notified prior to a loved one's discharge or transfer from the hospital.
  • A designated family caregiver is provided instructions about how to perform tasks at home after the patient is discharged such as, managing many different kinds of medication, injections, and wound care.

The CARE Act has been passed in 39 other states/U.S. territories who have prioritized better support for Iowa caregivers and the loved ones they provide care.

Important progress has been made in Iowa to advance the CARE Act because of your state lawmaker!

Your lawmaker has agreed to introduce the CARE Act.  We need your help to show our appreciation for his support.

Please contact your Iowa lawmaker today, and thank him for introducing the Iowa CARE Act


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Dear [Decision Maker],

Thank you again for introducing the CARE Act in Iowa in 2018. Please continue to champion this priority to help improve the care of older Iowans.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]