THE NEW CARE ACT
Indiana has enacted the Caregiver Advise, Record, and Enable (CARE) Act. This law is effective January 1, 2016. We thank the legislators and Governor Pence for this wonderful new law.
The CARE Act is designed to help the family caregiver help a family member post-hospitalization. The law provides:
- You or your health care representative can name a friend, caregiver, or other family member as a Lay Caregiver.
- Your health care representative can be your Lay Caregiver.
- The hospital must notify the Lay Caregiver before you are discharged from the hospital.
- The hospital employee will provide an explanation and instructions for your post-hospital care. This can include medication management, wound care, transferring from a wheelchair, and other tasks the Lay Caregiver will perform at home that the hospital recommends.
- The hospital is required to develop and communicate to your Lay Caregiver a home care plan you need upon discharge from the hospital.
- The hospital may give live or recorded demonstrations to properly prepare the Lay Caregiver for the aftercare described in your home care plan.
Mary’s husband was in a car accident. He was discharged home from the hospital to recover. Mary had no training in cleaning and bandaging his wounds. Mary was overwhelmed by the number of prescriptions he had to take on specific times each day. Mary will now have help from the hospital to be a better caregiver.
This is another important part of the Indiana plan to age in place. Please see the forms section of our website under health care for a sample appointment form for a Lay Caregiver at www.dhblaw.com.
Keith P. Huffman