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Now in Effect, the 'Kansas Lay Caregiver Act' Is Helping Make the Lives of the State's Caregivers Easier


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EVERY DAY, THROUGHOUT KANSAS, 345-THOUSAND FAMILY-CAREGIVERS HELP LOVED-ONES LIVE INDEPENDENTLY--AT HOME.  AND, ACCORDING TO "A-A-R-P KANSAS" STATE-DIRECTOR, MAREN [AS IN "KAREN"] TURNER, THERE'S A NEW LAW TO MAKE THEIR LIVES EASIER...

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AS OF JULY 1ST, THE 'KANSAS LAY-CAREGIVER ACT' OFFICIALLY WENT INTO EFFECT.  IT INCLUDES THREE COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS, TO SUPPORT CAREGIVERS--BOTH WHEN THEIR LOVED-ONES ARE ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL, AND AS THEY TRANSITION HOME.  UNDER THE NEW LAW, THE PATIENT HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO DESIGNATE A CAREGIVER, IN THE MEDICAL RECORD, WHEN ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL.  ALSO, THE DESIGNATED CAREGIVER MUST BE NOTIFIED, IF THEIR LOVED-ONE IS TO BE DISCHARGED HOME--OR TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER FACILITY.  AND, FINALLY, HOSPITALS MUST NOW OFFER INSTRUCTION, TO THE CAREGIVER, ON HOW TO BEST CARE FOR THEIR LOVED-ONE, AT HOME.  'A-A-R-P KANSAS' IS OFFERING FREE WALLET-CARDS, SO THAT CAREGIVERS CAN HAVE THIS INFORMATION WHEN THEY NEED IT THE MOST: WHEN THE PERSON [WHOM] THEY ARE CARING FOR GOES INTO THE HOSPITAL."

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TO LEARN ABOUT THE NEW LAW, REQUEST A WALLET-CARD, OR FIND MORE RESOURCES, VISIT "A-A-R-P"-DOT-ORG-SLASH-"K-S".



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