O’Brien’s CARE Act signed into law

LANSING, Mich. — Senator Margaret O’Brien’s bill to support in-home caregivers when providing assistance for loved ones after they leave the hospital has been signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

“The CARE Act will ensure our caregivers receive training and support in caring for their loved ones,” said O’Brien, R-Portage. “This common sense legislation will allow caregivers to learn how to provide appropriate care. I appreciate the strong partnership with AARP and the Michigan Hospital Association in advocating for vulnerable citizens.”

Senate Bill 352, now Public Act 85 of 2016, and referred to as the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, provides in-home caregivers, designated by soon-to-be discharged patients, with hospital-provided consultation and instruction for any after-care assistance tasks that do not require a licensed professional once a patient is released.

According to AARP, family caregiving is on the rise in Michigan, with more than two million caregivers providing care to loved ones each year.

O’Brien introduced the CARE Act last May.