INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 11, 2016) — State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) was recently honored for his work with Indiana’s aging population and their caregivers. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) recognized Zent for his contributions to the Caregiver, Advise, Record and Enable (CARE) Act and designated him as a 2015 Capitol Caregiver.
According to the AARP, more than one million Hoosiers are caring for an aging parent or loved one in Indiana. Zent’s CARE Act recognizes the role of family caregivers, and provides support to ensure premium, top of the line quality care is administered to their loved ones.
“When aging loved ones are in the hospital, too often, caregivers are not properly notified when they are discharged and are left without instructions to properly continue medical care,” Zent said. “This law ensures that we support both caregivers and their loved ones.”
Under the CARE Act, a hospital is required to follow three steps before a patient is released: record the designated caregiver’s contact information, make an attempt to consult the designated caregiver before the loved one is discharged and craft an at-home care plan providing the designated caregiver with instructions concerning after-care procedures.
The 2015 Capitol Caregiver nomination list represents a select, bi-partisan group of elected officials across the country who fought for family caregivers in 2015. They have identified needs facing caregivers, explored barriers that prevent caregivers from getting support and established policies that will help family caregivers have the tools they need to care for their loved ones.
Rep. Zent (R-Angola) represents most of LaGrange and Steuben Counties.