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February 19, 2016 § Leave a comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week

Broad support for family caregiver legislation
Many local and national groups have voiced their support for the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act. Designed to improve the role caregivers play in the healthcare system, the bill would record the name of the family caregiver when a loved one is admitted to a hospital or rehabilitation facility; notify the caregiver if the loved one is to be discharged to another facility or back home; and require the facility to “provide an explanation and face-to-face instruction of the medical tasks, such as medication management, injections, wound care, and transfers, that the family caregiver will perform at home.”

For more on family caregiving, visit the Commonwealth Care Alliance Caregiver Resources page.

Increasing risks as homeless population gets older
Today, more than half of America’s homeless are 50-years old or older. Many are faced with poor living conditions and various mental and physical conditions. Also, many distrust authority, meaning that they do not seek out treatment and often reject outreach efforts. An article in STAT looks at problems facing aging homeless individuals in cities around the country and describes the successful model employed by the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.

Bill would help people with disabilities move from institutions to the community
In December, a bill that would require that states “ensure that people with disabilities can leave institutions and live in their communities” was introduced in Congress. Called the Disability Integration Act (DIA), the bill would bolster the mandates of the Supreme Court’s landmark 1999 Olmstead ruling by countering so-called “institutional bias,” or “the tendency for government decision makers to view institutions as the first, best choice for some people with disabilities.”

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