The CARE Act is an important step in providing more support for Hoosiers caring for an older parent or loved one, helping them to live independently at home. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and this law will help make life a little bit easier for them.
The CARE Act improves coordination and communication between family caregivers, their loved ones / patients and hospitals. It does this through three main provisions:
- DESIGNATION – The hospital must provide the patient an option to record the name of a family caregiver into his / her medical record upon admission to the hospital.
- NOTIFICATION – The hospital must notify the family caregiver if the loved one is to be discharged to another facility or back home if the patient is not competent to do so.
- EXPLANATION – The hospital must provide an explanation of medical tasks – such as medication management, injections and wound care – that the family caregiver will perform at home when the hospital deems it necessary.
To be sure you have this important information at your fingertips, please submit your information below and we will send you a wallet-sized CARE Act card.