STATEHOUSE – Legislation authored by State Representative Denny Zent (R-Angola) to create the Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable (CARE) Act has been ceremonially signed into law by the governor.
According to the American Association of Retired Persons, more than one million Hoosiers are caring for an aging parent or loved one. House Enrolled Act 1265, also known as the CARE Act, recognizes the critical role these family caregivers play and provides them with the support to ensure premium, quality care is administered.
“When aging loved ones are admitted to the hospital, too often, caregivers are not properly informed when their loved one is being discharged and are left without adequate instructions to properly continue medical care upon their release,” said Rep. Zent. “This law serves to close loopholes in existing law and ensure that loved ones and their caregivers have the support they need as they transition back home.”
Under this new law, a hospital will be required to record contact information of the designated caregiver and must make an attempt to consult with them before their loved one is discharged to another facility or back home. In addition, the medical facility will be required to prepare an at-home care plan and provide the designated caregiver with instructions concerning after-care – such as medication management, injections and wound care.
“Together, these provisions ensure continuity of care and ease in home transition,” said Rep. Zent. “Doing so serves to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions and support family caregivers as they safely help Indiana seniors remain at home.”
For more information on the CARE Act, please visit iga.in.gov.
Rep. Zent (R-Angola) represents most of LaGrange and Steuben Counties.