Indiana has enacted the Caregiver Advise, Record, and Enable (CARE) Act, effect as of January 1, 2016. CARE is designed to ease a patient’s transition from hospital to home. The law provides:
- Hospital patients or their health care representative can designate a friend or family member as a lay caregiver. A health care representative may also serve as a lay caregiver.
- Prior to a patient’s discharge from the hospital, hospital staff will prepare a home care plan that describes the patient’s post-hospitalization needs. Home care plans may include instructions for medical tasks such as dressing wounds or managing medications.
- If necessary, hospital staff may provide the lay caregiver with a live or recorded demonstration of the care described in the patient’s home care plan.
- You are not obligated to appoint a lay caregiver and the designation of a lay caregiver does not obligate that individual to perform any in-home care.