Caregiver advocates urge state passage of CARE Act

State Capitol

Advocates for caregivers are urging Hawaii lawmakers to pass the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act.

The legislation, which failed last session (SB296), would require hospitals to release discharge instructions to caregivers specifically before a patient is allowed to go home.

This is so the caregiver knows exactly what kind of the medical needs the patient has and allows them to ask questions.

“By federal law, the patients are the ones who are received discharge instructions, but in actuality, it’s the caregivers who actually are going to be doing these medical tasks,” said AARP Hawaii director Barbara Kim Stanton.

Dozens appeared before members of the Legislative Family Caregiver Working Group at the State Capitol Thursday in support of the CARE Act.

“I saw the bewilderment and really taking their loved one home, not knowing what to do,” said caregiver Jeanne Schultz Afuvai.

According to AARP, there are about 154,000 caregivers in Hawaii providing services to loved ones at home.

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