Urge your Senator to Pass a Strong 2018 Iowa CARE Act! 

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On Monday, the Iowa House passed the 2018 Iowa CARE Act. The bill now moves to the Senate Human Resources Committee, where it needs to pass by  this Friday's legislative funnel deadline to move forward. Tell  your Iowa State Senator to help Iowa’s caregiving families by passing a strong 2018 Iowa CARE Act (HF 2434), now!

Across our state, 317,000 family caregivers help their older parents, spouses, adults and children with disabilities and other loved ones so they can live independently in their homes and communities - instead of in costly, taxpayer-funded institutions. They assist with meal preparation, managing finances, transportation, and much more.   

  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, the 2018 Iowa CARE Act. The bill seeks to engage and support family caregivers when their older moms, dads, spouses, and other loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. 

The 2018 Iowa CARE Act includes three 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. 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.  

Iowa is one of only 14 states without a similar state law to support caregiving families—and no federal law provides this protection. All Iowa hospitals should have discharge plans that include patients' family caregivers.

 

Take action NOW! Tell your State Lawmaker to pass a STRONG 2018 Iowa CARE Act this session!  

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Letter

Pass a Strong 2018 Iowa CARE Act!

Dear Senator,

In Iowa, most family caregivers help their loved ones with medical and nursing tasks. But, 50% report they didn't receive instruction from the hospital before their loved one was discharged. It's just commonsense: All Iowa hospitals should have discharge plans that include patients' family caregivers.

That's why I urge you to pass the 2018 Iowa CARE Act (HF 2434). This no-cost, commonsense bill would make sure hospitals identify, notify, and provide after-care instructions to family caregivers when their spouses, parents, or other loved ones are in the hospital prior to discharge.

Iowa's 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. And they need real help now.

Don't let this session end without passing a strong 2018 Iowa CARE Act.

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