For our aging alumni population, as well as their parents, family care-giving of the elderly is increasingly becoming more important. Many people, especially with our cultural background, want to provide this care in their homes. And, often a family member wants to be the care-giver. But, often they are neither informed of the need in advance nor given the appropriate instructions.
Now a new law, called the CARE ACT (not the same as the ACA – the Affordable Care Act) has been enacted in New Jersey. The key points of this law are:
The CARE Act takes three commonsense actions that will make a world of a difference to family caregivers by requiring hospitals to:
- Identify a designated family caregiver when a patient is admitted.
- Notify the caregiver when the patient is to be moved or discharged.
- Provide that caregiver with adequate instruction for the care of the patient following the patient’s discharge from the hospital.
I learned about this at an AARP meeting today where Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt spoke about it during a Tele-Town Hall meeting. I thought I would like to share this with you so that you are aware of this new law and can benefit from it should a need arise. The following links give you more information about it.