Are you, in fact, a caregiver? Yes, if you:
- take care of someone with a chronic illness or disease
- manage someone’s medications
- talk to doctors and nurses on someone’s behalf
- help bathe or dress someone who is frail or disabled
- take care of household chores and meals for someone who cannot do this alone
- take care of someone’s bills
If you’re the one taking care of someone, it’s important to actually call yourself – and to see yourself as – a caregiver, Next Step in Care advises. Why? As a caregiver, you have the right to:
- be given information about your family member’s condition
- be involved in decision-making about your family member’s care
- be trained to provide care
- Learn all about your family member’s condition and the treatments that have been recommended.
- Find out what insurance pays for and what it doesn’t. Is your family member eligible for public programs, such as Medicaid?
- Review or create legal documents, including an advance directive and health care proxy. You may need a durable power of attorney for financial affairs.
At Geyer Law, we hail this legislation as a real landmark. The three main benefits include:
- When a loved one is admitted for treatment to a hospital or rehab facility, the name of his/her caregiver must be recorded.
- When patients are discharged to either another facility or to their home, the caregiver must be notified.
- The facility must provide instructions about the medical tasks the caregiver will need to perform.
- by Ronnie of the Rebecca W. Geyer blog team