In ten days, the CARE (Caregiver, Advise, Record, Enable) Act, becomes law.
This means that if you live in Illinois and care for a hospitalized person of ANY age, hospitals must make a concerted effort to include you in decisions and training regarding that person's post-discharge care.
The CARE Act was passed in recognition of the critical role that family members and friends play in the well-being of their loved ones. It has three major provisions.
The CARE Act unanimously passed both Illinois Houses and was signed by Governor Rauner last year. (Click here to read Public Act 00-0222, in its entirety.) As of today, eighteen states have passed a version of the the CARE Act, and it is under consideration in many more.
AARP has been and is a major sponsor of the bill. To download a wallet card that lists the provisions of the law, click here. Though the card is provided by AARP Nevada, the provisions are the same.