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August 4, 2015

Winfield: CARE Act Helps Connecticut Seniors Live Comfortably in Their Own Homes

New law supports family caregivers, reduces medical costs and helps seniors stay in their homes

WEST HAVEN—Senator Gary Winfield (D New Haven) stopped by the West Haven Senior Center today to speak with senior citizens about the importance of the CARE Act signed into law by Governor Malloy early this summer.

“Looking after an aging parent or grand-parent is a big responsibility and can become burdensome if you’re not sure how to take care of them properly,” said Sen. Winfield. “If we want to make sure our loved ones remain in their own home as opposed to being confined to a medical facility, providing high-quality training for caregivers is critical.”

“The CARE Act is a no-cost, common-sense solution that will ensure Connecticut’s nearly 500,000 family caregivers receive the support and recognition they deserve, so they can continue to safely care for their loved ones at home,” said John Erlingheuser, AARP State Advocacy Director for Connecticut.

The law was developed by AARP to help ensure caregivers receive the information and training they need to care for their loved ones at home.

According to the legislative Commission on Aging, nearly 500,000 Connecticut residents provide care to their loved ones with tasks such as bathing, dressing, finances, transportation and medical care. The total economic impact of this unpaid care is estimated to be $5.8 billion. Still, many of these caregivers feel unprepared to perform the medical tasks necessary to keep their loved ones out of the hospital and in the community.

The CARE Act requires hospitals to : 1) provide each patient with the opportunity to designate a caregiver upon the patient’s admission to the hospital, 2) notify the designated caregiver if the patient is to be discharged to another facility or back to his or her home, and 3) provide the caregiver with instructions on how to perform medication management, wound care, injections or other medical tasks for the patient when the patient returns home.

More than a dozen states including New Jersey, Colorado, Virginia, West Virginia, Mississippi, Arkansas, Rhode Island, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, New Hampshire, Indiana have passed the CARE Act this year.

 

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