About 1.3 million Michiganders care for older parents or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility and now the state of Michigan has taken action to make life a little bit easier for them.
A new law – the Michigan CARE Act — makes sure caregivers are recognized when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home.
Under the CARE Act, hospitals will:
Allow patients to designate a family caregiver.
Notify the family caregiver when the patient is going to be discharged; and
Give the family caregiver an opportunity for instruction and demonstration of the medical tasks required when their loved one returns home.
AARP Michigan went to work with the state government and other supporters to make the Michigan CARE Act a reality, because supporting caregivers is a top priority for all of us.
Free wallet card!
Click here to download and print your free Michigan CARE Act wallet cards – one for you and one for your loved one. That way, you’ll have the important information and this new law available when you need it most.
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