Agency on Aging

CARE Act Passes

The CARE Act, which passed with bi-partisan support during the 2015 legislative session, was signed by the Governor as Public Act 15-32.  The new law goes into effect October 1st and will assist patients and their family caregivers when they are transitioning home from the hospital by requiring hospitals to:

  • Provide patients the opportunity to designate a family caregiver
  • Attempt to notify the caregiver before the patient is discharged back home
  • Instruct the caregiver on the medical tasks—such as medication management, injections, wound care and transfers—that they will need to perform at home.

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