The small Aloha state of Hawaii is home to 247,000 family caregivers – a significant number for a State with a population of only 1.3 million. To help support this large group of the Hawaiian population who are working to help elderly loved ones live independently at home, the state legislature is working to pass the CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act with the support of Hawaii AARP.
The Act would provide family caregivers in Hawaii with a number of empowering tools and lay the groundwork for better communication between family caregivers and medical professionals. The main points of the legislation include:
1. Recording the names of family caregivers on senior medical records
2. Immediately inform family caregivers when loved ones are discharged or moved from a medical facility
3. Provide more thorough explanations and specific instructions to family caregivers of follow up needs and care upon discharge.
With this information, lawmakers and senior advocates alike that family caregivers will be more empowered to provide top quality care as their loved ones require new care.
Laws like these, and the help of the best in-home care agencies can help ensure that senior citizens are receiving the highest quality care, and that family caregivers receive the support they need to successfully manage the family caregiving journey.
While the CARE Act seeks to provide caregivers within information and knowledge, in-home care managed by a home care software or home care system, seeks to also keep caregivers informed and feeling confident in their decision to hire help.
When an elder care agency uses a home care software or home care system, such as ClearCare Online, family members get an increased sense of security when they tend to responsibilities outside of caregiving and self-care. For example, with the power of a family portal within a home care software or home care system, family members can view care updates from the field at any time. The home care system can also be used to log medications, invoices and notes relevant to the overall care of their loved one.
Family caregivers have an undoubtedly difficult job, however with the help of legislative advocates, home care software and home care systems managed by high quality elder care agencies, the job can be a little less difficult and a little more rewarding.