Learn More About Massachusetts’ CARE Act and Efforts to Accommodate Its Changing Population
Did you know that adults age 60 and older will comprise 23% of Massachusetts’ population by 2035? This is the fastest growing segment of America’s population, and as a result, communities and laws are shifting to accommodate a different set of growing needs.
In 2017, Governor Charles Baker convened the Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts, and in 2018, he announced that Massachusetts would be the second state to enroll in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities.
Most importantly, he helped usher in the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which went into effect on November 8th, 2017. The CARE Act supports family caregivers who are overseeing the health and wellbeing of relatives as they enter the hospital and later transition to their homes. As a result of this law, hospitals must:
- Provide your loved one the opportunity to designate a caregiver
- Notify you when your loved one is to be discharged to another facility or back home
- Explain and demonstrate the medical tasks that you will need to perform at home, such as medication management, injections, or wound care
In 2015 in Massachusetts alone, family caregivers provided 786 million hours of unpaid care. Family caregivers play a critical role in supporting the physical, mental, and emotional health of their loved ones, allowing them to remain in the comfort of their own homes whenever possible. The CARE Act will help support these selfless caregivers in their often overwhelming roles.
Are you a family caregiver? For more information, and to download and print a CARE Act wallet card, click here.