Nevada lawmakers are expected to consider the “Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act” in the legislative session that starts in February.
Barry Gold, government relations director at AARP Nevada, said the bill would improve the ability of caregivers to care for others.
“The CARE Act is going to ensure that family caregivers, and those that they care for, will get the right information when someone is
discharged from the hospital,” he said.
“It will make sure that the information gets to the right person and that they’re shown what to do, and it will really help people get better care and keep them from going back in the hospital.”
Gold said the “CARE Act” would require hospitals to enter a family caregiver’s name in the medical record at the time a patient is admitted, notify the caregiver when the patient is due to be released and ensure that the caregiver is instructed in any follow-up care
needed at home, such as dressing wounds or managing prescriptions.
To address the daily challenges caregivers face, Gold said AARP launched the iHeartCareGivers website for people to share their
stories. He says those tales of struggle could compel state lawmakers to pass the CARE Act.
“The more stories we get on iHeartCaregivers,” he said, “the easier it will be to document the problems caregivers face and what an easy
solution this would be to help both the caregivers and those they love.”
Gold said the legislation would help anyone of any age providing care for another person, whether it be a child or a senior. He said similar
bills passed unanimously in Oklahoma and New Jersey.
The iHeartCaregivers website is at iheartcaregivers.