The Illinois Caregiver, Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act recognizes the important role that family members and close friends ("Lay Caregivers") play in patient recovery after a hospitalization. As of this week, the CARE Act has become law in 36 states as well as the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. Click here to download an Illinois-specific CARE Act wallet card that outlines the law's provisions.
The CARE Act is more than a nice idea. Research shows that informed Lay Caregivers can make a major difference in post-hospitalization health outcomes. One study, for example, found that patients with trained Lay Caregivers were over 5 times more likely to complete recommended post-hospital procedures than patients without similar support.
Though AARP is the national sponsor of the CARE Act, the act applies to patients of all ages. Versions vary slightly from state to state, but basic requirements are the same:
In the meantime, if you and/or your loved one feel that your post-hospital planning is not receiving the time and attention that it deserves,
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