About 134,000 Rhode Islanders care for older parents, spouses or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and on March 14, 2017 a new law took effect that will make life a little bit easier for them.
The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act helps family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The CARE Act requires hospitals in Rhode Island to:
- Record your name on the medical record of your loved one
- Inform you when your loved one is to be discharged to another facility or back home
- Give you live or recorded demonstration of the medical tasks you will need to perform at home such as medication management, injections and wound care.
AARP Rhode Island fought for the CARE Act because supporting caregivers is a top priority for all of us.
Your Free Wallet Card
You can download a convenient wallet card that you can keep in your and your loved one’s wallet. This card will provide you with quick access to the information you need to know about the CARE Act next time you or a loved one is hospitalized.
DOWNLOAD: CARE Act Wallet Card