Care Act empowers families

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) A new law is in place in Michigan aimed at helping family caregivers get the support they need when their loved ones are under medical care.

The Care Act was introduced by AARP and was signed by Governor Rick Snyder. The law requires hospitals to identify caregivers in a person’s medical record, requires the hospital to notify a caregiver if their loved one is admitted or discharged, and requires nurses or discharge planners to provide training to caregivers so they understand the discharge plans and any treatments the caregiver needs to perform at home for their loved one.

The Care Act is a great victory for family caregivers because it provides them more support to provide for their loved ones after an injury or illness.

Learn more about how to care for aging loved ones at an Age-Friendly Community Conversation by AARP. It is on Tuesday, July 12 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan. It is free to attend, but please RSVP to jmunoz@aarp.org.

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