For the past year, I have been helping my mother take care of my grandmother. My tasks include driving her to physical therapy four days a week, picking up her medication and administering them daily. At times, the responsibilities become physically and mentally taxing; however, my love for my grandmother outweighs any doubts. When I began interning at AARP, I discovered that all of my labor bore a title: caregiver.
Like many caregivers, my mother and I received very little advice from the hospital on properly caring for my grandmother after her release, making the road to a quick recovery difficult. When these important, post-discharge conversations do not happen, medically inexperienced caregivers are more likely to make mistakes in managing numerous medications and complicated equipment. AARP has worked hard to improve this communication through the CARE Act. Hospitals must recognize caregivers by recording their information, announcing the patient’s release, and providing care instructions to ensure a safe and speedy recovery.
The CARE Act is one signature away from providing the support and recognition that caregivers need and deserve. Voice your support by contacting Governor Christie to sign the CARE Act.