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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


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:

  • The name of the family caregiver is recorded when a loved one is admitted into a hospital or rehabilitation facility.
  • The family caregiver is notified if the loved one is to be discharged to another facility or back home; and
  • The facility must provide an explanation and live instruction of the medical tasks – such as medication management, injections, wound care, and transfers – that the family caregiver will perform at home.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as HB1329