THE HOSPITAL AND FAMILY CAREGIVER LAW IS HERE IN CALIFORNIA.
Over 4.4 million California residents are caring for an older parent or loved one, helping them to live independently at home. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and now there’s support in place that will make life a little bit easier for them.
A new law, the Hospital and Family Caregiver Law, went into effect January 1, 2016 and supports family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home.
The law requires hospitals to:
1.) Provide your loved one the opportunity to designate a family caregiver
2.) Inform you when your loved one is to be discharged to another facility or back home
3.) Give you live or video instructions of the medical or nursing tasks you will need to perform at home
FREE WALLET CARD
You can download a convenient wallet card from the AARP website at
that you can keep with your health insurance card. This card will provide you with quick access to the information you need to know about the CARE Act the next time you or a loved one is hospitalized.