2019 Issue Review - Caregiving

There are an estimated 981,000 family caregivers in Tennessee. Sixty percent of Tennesseans 45 and older are currently providing unpaid care for a loved one, and they provide 913 million hours of unpaid care to loved ones, which has an economic value of $10.3 billion, annually.

Here is a look at the AARP-supported caregiving laws recently approved during the 2019 legislative session:

Relative caregivers
Sen. Richard Briggs and Rep. Rick Staples sponsored legislation to assist the estimated 77,000 grandparents raising grandchildren across the state. This proposal was written to require a court, when issuing an order of custody or guardianship, to inform relative caregivers that resources and funding may be available through the department of children’s services. This bill passed unanimously and will become effective July 1, 2019.
Read the full bill here: https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/acts/111/pub/pc0130.pdf


After a three-year regulatory process, Tennessee has officially enacted all of the components of the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act. The CARE Act recognizes the critical role family caregivers play in keeping their loved ones out of costly institutions.

The CARE Act features three important provisions:

1. The name of the family caregiver is recorded when a loved one is admitted into a hospital

 2. The family caregiver is notified if the loved one is to be discharged to another facility or back home; and,

 3. The facility must provide an explanation and live instruction of the medical tasks such as medication management, injections, wound care, and transfers that the family caregiver will perform at home.


Read the CARE Act policy here (note: scroll to Item 25, Pages 21-22): https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/rules/1200/1200-08/1200-08-01.20190606.pdf

Please join us in thanking our elected leaders for their vision and support of these important policies.



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Dear [Decision Maker],

Thank you for your leadership during the 2019 Tennessee General Assembly. Specifically, I appreciate your support of policies that help support family caregivers.

It's comforting to know that as caregiving continues to grow as an urgent need for older Tennesseans, we have champions like you working in the state legislature to protect them.

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