Support for Family Caregivers in Minnesota

Posted on 11/01/19

Caring for a parent, spouse, or other loved one can be a 24/7 job that is emotionally, physically and financially difficult. That’s why AARP works tirelessly to support family caregivers, striving to make your big responsibilities a little bit easier.


New Law to Prevent Elder Abuse
While long-term care facilities provide important care for many Minnesota seniors, these seniors have also been vulnerable to abuse. This year AARP fought hard and won far reaching legislation designed to protect Minnesotans from abuse. The new law requires assisted living facilities to be licensed and sets minimum standards around safety, staffing, and training requirements, including protections for people with dementia. The law also establishes strong protections against arbitrary discharges, retaliation, and the right to place a camera in both nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Elder Abuse Law Fact Sheet (PDF)

Learn when these important protections go into effect:

If you suspect abuse, contact:
  • Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center (MAARC) at 1-844-880-1574.
  • Long-Term Care Ombudsman at 1-800-657-3591 (TDD/TTY, please call 711).

New Law Creates Caregiver Advisory Committee
AARP’s National Volunteer President Catherine Alicia Georges serves on the RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council, created by a bipartisan federal law that AARP fought hard to pass. The Council is charged with developing a national strategy to support family caregivers that includes communities, providers, government, and others. Learn more about the RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council.

CARE Act Supports Family Caregivers
AARP Minnesota fought for the CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act, which helps family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The CARE Act requires hospitals to:Provide your loved one the opportunity to designate a family caregiver in the medical record.Notify the family caregiver when your loved one is to be discharged to another facility or back home.Give description and instruction of the medical tasks that the family caregiver will need to perform at home.

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Minnesota Caregiver Resource Guide
A starting point to find services and supports in Minnesota, this guide can help throughout your caregiving journey.

AARP Family Caregiving Site
AARP is here to help with information and resources on caregiver life balance, financial and legal issues, care at home, health, Prepare to Care Guide, and more.

Community Resource Finder
Easily access a comprehensive listing of dementia and aging-related resources such as care providers, programs and services available in a specified area.

Quick Tips for Caregivers
Check out how to use simple household items to solve everyday challenges


Join the thousands of family caregivers have shared their experiences through AARP’s storytelling initiative, I Heart Caregivers. Your story will help AARP continue to fight for more support for family caregivers, including help at home, workplace flexibility, training, and relief in your state. Learn more and share your story!

This story is provided by AARP Minnesota. Visit the AARP Minnesota page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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