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On April 13th, Governor Snyder signed the Michigan Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act. This law took effect on July 12th and supports people acting as a caregiver for a loved one. The new law requires hospitals to give caregivers the basic information and training they need when the person they are caring for goes into the hospital or is discharged.

Under the CARE Act, hospitals must do the following:

  1. Allow patients to choose a caregiver at the time they're admitted to the hospital, and then officially record the name of that caregiver.
  2. Notify the caregiver when the patient is going to be discharged or transferred to another facility.
  3. Provide the caregiver the instructions to properly perform necessary medical tasks once the patient arrives home.

It is estimated that 1.3 million Michigan residents act as caregivers for loved ones at any given time. In 2012, an AARP study found that caregivers are routinely being asked to perform medical tasks at home that were previously performed in the hospital or by a home health care professional. Caregivers were not always receiving proper instruction, which put both the patient and the caregiver at risk. This new law reduces those risks.