Thank your Senator for Moving SF 84 Forward  

Please send a note of thank you to your State Senator for moving the 2019 Iowa CARE Act (SF 84) forward through Tuesday's Subcommittee and onto the full Human Resources Committee. 

A majority of Iowa family caregivers 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 state legislature to support Iowa's 317,000 family caregivers 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 (SF 84) 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 Senator thank you for moving SF 84 through Subcommittee and onto the full Human Resouces Committee.    

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Thank You for Moving SF 84 through Subcommittee!

Dear Senator

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
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