The Doctor Is In: The new caregiver act and what it means for you

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Join Deena Centofanti on Wednesday as Henry Ford Caregiver Coordinator and registered nurse, Shawn Bennis helps explains the new caregiver act and what it means for you and your loved ones.

Shawn Bennis, RN, MSN Henry Ford Caregiver Coordinator

A new law, the Designated Caregiver Act, took effect Monday, July 11.  It brings many changes for hospitals, patients and caregivers.
Upon discharge, the hospital is required to show the caregiver along with the patient how to complete at-home medical care, which is becoming more complex including how to use IVs, perform wound care, etc.

In Michigan, there are two million unpaid family caregivers. They provide an average of 20 hours of unpaid care per week. And those numbers are expected to significantly increase.