The new law, which ensures hospital patients' designated family caregivers are offered instruction in providing needed care at home, won unanimous support in both houses of the Legislature: 31-0 in the
The law, which officially goes into effect today, will help as many as 1.4 million Ohioans who provide unpaid care to family and loved ones at any time. The value of this unpaid care in
More than 70 percent of
"This is a great day for family caregivers across
"Information is power, and the Ohio Caregiving Act will empower millions of family caregivers."
The Ohio Caregiving Act requires hospitals to:
- Designate a family caregiver in the patient's medical record.
- Inform the family caregiver when the patient is to be discharged.
- Offer the family caregiver instruction and demonstrations of medical tasks they will be expected to provide for their loved ones at home, such as administering multiple medications, dressing wounds and operating medical equipment.
"The Ohio Caregiving Act recognizes the critical role family caregivers play in keeping their loved ones out of costly institutions. It utilizes the existing hospital discharge process to put in place some small, but meaningful supports for caregivers during hospital transitions, a difficult and stressful time for both patients and caregivers," said Senator
"Family caregivers are already the 'new normal' and have become the default providers for complex chronic care in home. I myself have been in this very situation," said co-sponsor Representative
"I was not in the ER observation unit to advocate for my Mom when it was most needed, and they were going to send her on her way into the cold with a 'follow up' appointment and some pills she couldn't swallow," said
"This law is a perfect example of how common sense solutions can be found when stakeholders work together," said State Advocacy lead for AARP Ohio,
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SOURCE AARP Ohio