Urge your Lawmakers to Pass the 2019 Iowa CARE Act!  

Tell your Iowa State Lawmaker to help Iowa’s caregiving families by  supporting the 2019 Iowa CARE Act!  Across our state, 317,0000 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. 

 A majority of Iowa family caregivers also perform medical or nursing tasks for their loved ones – like complex medication management, wound care, and injections.

Yet, many 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 2019 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 2019 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. Notify: The family caregiver is notified when the loved one is to be discharged back home.
  3. Consult: The hospital discusses the caregiver’s abilities and limitations.
  4. Instruct: At discharge, the family caregiver is provided with instructions on 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 13 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 the 2019 Iowa CARE Act this session!  

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Support the 2019 Iowa CARE Act!

Dear Representative,

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