National Caregivers Month

November is National Caregivers Month, and Mille Lacs Health System has some tips for you if you are one of the 600,000 people in Minnesota who care for parents, siblings, spouses or other family members either in your home or theirs. According to the CDC, unpaid caregivers provide an estimated 90% of the long-term care for those needing either full-time or part-time assistance. Caregivers report having difficulty finding time for one’s self, managing emotional and physical stress, and balancing work and family responsibilities. The stress becomes even more acute when a loved one is coming home from a health event that has put them in the hospital. But in January of 2017, a new law to help caregivers will be taking effect in the state.

The new law is called the CARE (caregiver advise, record, enable) Act and it assists caregivers when their loved one needs to transition back to home after being in the hospital. This new law requires hospitals to:

  • Allow patients to designate a family caregiver
  • Notify the caregiver when the patient is going to be discharged
  • Give the caregiver an opportunity for instruction and demonstration on the medical tasks required when their loved one returns home

If you would like to download a CARE Act wallet card, go to this shortened link: bit.ly/2eXOBMy

A website designed especially for those who care for loved ones is  thecaregiverspace.org

If you would like to join a discussion and support group for local caregivers, come to the East Conference Room at MLHS Long Term Care, on the 3rd Tues. of every month, at 10 a.m.