AARP Celebrates Victory for NJ Caregivers

AARP today celebrates the enactment of the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act, otherwise known as the CARE Act.  We commend New Jersey’s legislative leaders and Governor Christie for signing this bill, one which will benefit caregivers and their loved ones immeasurably.

“New Jersey’s elected officials have stepped up and worked together on behalf of our state’s most passionate unpaid workers, family caregivers,” said Dave Mollen, AARP New Jersey State President.

In addition to Governor Christie, AARP salutes the primary Assembly sponsors of the CARE Act– New Jersey Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Assemblymen Joseph Lagana, Bob Andrzejczak, Dan Benson, Vincent Mazzeo, and Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz.  AARP also commends the primary Senate sponsors of the bill, New Jersey Senators Joe Vitale, Linda Greenstein, and Robert Singer.

The CARE Act requires hospitals to recognize the vital role of caregivers when loved ones are admitted to a hospital and after discharge by providing caregivers with resources, training and information to ensure that patients' discharge plans are carried out successfully. The new law will benefit caregivers and their loved ones as well as hospitals by helping to reduce hospital readmissions.

“This new law will provide New Jerseyans with the help they need as they face one of life's hardest and yet most fulfilling challenges- caring for their loved ones,” said AARP New Jersey State President Dave Mollen. “These family caregivers spend so many hours, months, and years of their lives giving all they can to help others. It is gratifying to know that NJ public policy can now work to help them. The CARE Act is an important way to do just that. We salute the Governor and the New Jersey state legislature for the bipartisan support shown for caregivers in the passage and signing of this bill into law.”