Nearly 317,000 Iowa 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 Iowa CARE Act, goes into effect July 1, 2019 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
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This story is provided by AARP Iowa. Visit the AARP Iowa page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.
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