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AARP Kentucky Urges the Legislature to Pass the 'Kentucky Family Caregivers Act'


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WHEN THE "KENTUCKY LEGISLATURE" RECONVENES IN JANUARY, IT SHOULD PASS A BILL THAT WOULD HELP FAMILY-CAREGIVERS WHO CARE FOR AN OLDER PARENT OR OTHER LOVED-ONE--SO THAT THEY CAN LIVE INDEPENDENTLY, IN THEIR OWN HOME.  THAT'S ACCORDING TO ERIC EVANS--OF "A-A-R-P KENTUCKY"...

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OUR LATEST SURVEY FOUND THAT REGISTERED-VOTERS WHO ARE 45 OR OLDER STRONGLY SUPPORT THE PROPOSALS IN THE 'KENTUCKY FAMILY-CAREGIVERS ACT'.  THE BILL WOULD REQUIRE HOSPITALS AND HEALTHCARE-FACILITIES TO BOTH EXPLAIN AND DEMONSTRATE MEDICAL- AND NURSING-TASKS THAT FAMILY-CAREGIVERS WOULD NEED TO PERFORM, AFTER THEIR LOVED-ONE RETURNS HOME.  IT WOULD ALSO REQUIRE THEM TO KEEP A FAMILY-CAREGIVER INFORMED OF MAJOR DECISIONS, LIKE TRANSFERRING OR DISCHARGING THE PATIENT--AND TO RECORD THE NAME OF THEIR FAMILY-CAREGIVER IN THE MEDICAL-RECORD, UPON ADMISSION.  EACH OF THOSE PROPOSALS WAS SUPPORTED BY OVER 80-PERCENT OF OUR RESPONDENTS.  THERE ARE ALMOST 650-THOUSAND FAMILY-CAREGIVERS IN KENTUCKY, WHO PROVIDE UNPAID CARE THAT'S WORTH NEARLY SEVEN-BILLION DOLLARS, EACH YEAR.  AND, THIS COMMONSENSE SOLUTION WOULD MAKE THEIR BIG RESPONSIBILITIES A LITTLE BIT EASIER."

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TO LEARN MORE, VISIT "A-A-R-P"-DOT-ORG-SLASH-"K-Y".



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