Family caregivers in Pennsylvania now have more support.

The CARE Act

More than 1.6 million Pennsylvanians care for older parents, spouses or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and on April 20, 2017, a new law takes effect that will make life a little bit easier for them. The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act helps family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home.

The CARE Act requires hospitals to:

  • Provide your loved one the opportunity to designate a family caregiver.
  • Inform you when your loved one is to be discharged to another facility or back home.
  • Give you an explanation and demonstration of the medical tasks you will need to perform at home.

AARP Pennsylvania led the fight for the CARE Act because supporting caregivers is a top priority for all of us.

Click here to download your free CARE Act wallet card. Print one for you and one for your loved one, and place them in your wallets. That way, you’ll both have the important information about this new law available when you need it most.

For more information about caregiving resources, visit

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