Next Step in Care: Family Caregivers & Health Care Professionals Working Together

For Family Caregivers

New York State's CARE Act

The New York State CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable) Act is a new law that requires hospitals to give patients the opportunity to name someone—a “caregiver”—who is willing to be part of planning for discharge and providing care at home. As long as the patient agrees in writing, the hospital can share medical information with the caregiver. The hospital is also required to instruct the caregiver about the kinds of care that will be needed at home. Similar versions of the CARE Act, which was developed by AARP, have been adopted in over 30 states. These family caregiver guides to New York State’s CARE Act explain how the law affects patients and family caregivers during a hospital stay and discharge home.


New York State’s CARE Act: A Guide for Patients and Caregivers


A short version of this guide is also available



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