“Caregiving is a difficult task,” says Ambre Marr, AARP state legislative director, “and this new law helps caregivers be more engaged and informed. What we're trying to do is improve coordination and communication between family caregivers, their loved ones, who are the patients, and hospitals," Marr explains.
The three main benefits of the new legislation, as our attorneys often discuss with clients of Geyer Law, include:
- When a loved one is admitted for treatment to a hospital or rehab facility, the name of the family caregiver must be recorded.
- When the patient is discharged to either another facility or released to their home, the caregiver must be notified.
- The hospital or rehab facility must provide in-person (or recorded) instruction about the medical tasks the caregiver will need to provide.
- Activities of daily living (dressing, bathing, moving from bed to chair and back, toileting, taking medications, food preparation, etc.)
- Managing wound care
- Administering medications
- Operating equipment
The idea behind the Indiana CARE ACT is to ease a patient’s transition from hospital to home, helping caregivers provide assistance to friends or family members.
- by Ronnie of the Rebecca W. Geyer & Associates blog team