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The Caregiver Advise, Record, and Enable (CARE) Act
November 19, 2017


South Bend / Mishawaka, IN – Currently, following the discharge of a family member from the hospital, many caregivers are sent home with a feeble loved one, a pile of prescription medication, and very little information about the proper way to care for this individual. Fortunately, life will become a lot easier for Hoosiers caring for an aging parent or loved one when Indiana enacts the CARE Act on January 1, 2016. This new act is designed to support family caregivers as they strive to safely help their loved ones live independently in their own homes.

The CARE Act features three key provisions:

  1. The hospital or rehabilitation facility is required to record the name of the family caregiver when the individual is admitted;
  2. The hospital or rehabilitation facility is required to notify the caregiver if the individual is being discharged to another facility or released to their home;
  3. The hospital or rehabilitation facility is required to provide an explanation and in-person instructions of the medical tasks the caregiver will need to perform at home, including medication management, injections, feeding tube management, wound care, and transferring the individual in and out of his or her wheelchair.

With the vast majority of aging Hoosiers wishing to live independently at their home, most seniors rely exclusively on unpaid family caregivers for help. The CARE Act is a huge win for many caregivers who routinely provide important medical care with little or no training, and with little support from health care professionals after the discharge of their loved one from the hospital. With the introduction of this Act in 2016, Hoosiers who wish to age in place will now have the support of not only their lay caregivers, but also their healthcare providers.

If you are a lay caregiver or would like to designate your own lay caregiver, I would be happy to provide you with more information about how the CARE Act might affect your family’s situation, or to discuss the necessary lay caregiver appointment forms.