Last week, the 2018 Iowa CARE Act (HF 2289) was passed through the House Human Resources Committee. This is a positive step to protecting family caregivers across Iowa, but there is still much to be done in order to pass the CARE Act, a no-cost commonsense bill, that would benefit the 317,000 family caregivers statewide that help their older parents, spouses, adults and children with disabilities and other loved ones to live independently in their homes and communities - instead of in costly, taxpayer-funded institutions.
Many Iowa family caregivers also perform medical or nursing tasks for their loved ones – like complex medication management, wound care, and injections. Yet, most receive little or no training for these important duties.
That’s why AARP Iowa is asking the Iowa state legislature to support caregiving families with a no-cost commonsense bill called the 2018 Iowa CARE Act.
The 2018 Iowa CARE Act includes four commonsense steps:
1. Designate: The family caregiver’s name is recorded when a loved one is admitted to a hospital.
2. Inform: The family caregiver is notified if the loved one is to be discharged to another facility or back home.
3. Consult: Prior to discharge, the hospital discusses, with
the caregiver and patient, the caregiver’s capabilities and limitations as it relates to the patient’s care needs.
4. Instruct: At discharge, the family caregiver is provided with instructions, and a demonstration of the medical and nursing tasks—like wound care or injections—that they must perform for their loved one at home.
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Dear [Decision Maker],
Thank you to the House Human Resources Committee for advancing the conversation on the 2018 Iowa CARE Act (HF 2289) by last week moving the bill through the Committee. This is a positive step in protecting family caregivers across Iowa.Family caregivers are the first line of defense against older Iowans being forced from their homes and into costly, taxpayer-funded nursing homes or back into the hospital. They take on huge responsibilities that can be overwhelming, stressful, and exhausting to care for their older parents, spouses, adults and children with disabilities and other loved ones. And they need your support now. That's why I urge you to support the 2018 Iowa CARE Act (HF 2289) -- a no-cost, commonsense bill to support family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. Iowa is one of only 14 states that do not have a law similar to the 2018 Iowa CARE Act in place for caregiving families.Iowa's family caregivers need help now. Don't let this session end without passing the 2018 Iowa CARE Act.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]