|Posted:||January 13, 2015 04:14 PM|
|From:||Representative Harold A. English|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act|
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to support seniors and their family caregivers. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act will better support family caregivers as they safely help seniors stay at home.
As a practicing elder law attorney, I see the many challenges families face when caring for elderly loved ones. Many Pennsylvanians are caring for an aging parent or loved one, helping them to live independently in their own homes as long as safely practicable. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and we can take some common sense steps that would make the world of difference to them.
The CARE Act recognizes the critical role family caregivers play in keeping their loved ones out of institutions prematurely.
This legislation is requested by AARP volunteers in my district, state and nationally. It appears to be reasonable to provide when the family member is medically eligible for discharge home so as to ensure the caregiver and patient can comply in the time frame immediately going home and before visiting home health aides, nurses or physical therapists can schedule a home visit.
The bill features three important provisions:
Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.
Introduced as HB1329