California Joins States Requiring Hospital Coordination with Patients’ Caregivers

January 15, 2016 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​California is the latest state to enact a law requiring hospitals to allow patients to identify their primary caregiver (i.e., an unpaid relative, friend, or neighbor) and have that caregiver involved in their care plan, according to a January 6, 2016, Kaiser Health News article. The article uses the story of a California woman who is the primary caregiver for both her husband and sister-in-law, but says that her role as caregiver is often overlooked when one of the individuals is hospitalized. This is a particular problem when patients are discharged, when the hospital may not adequately explain changes in the patient's status, medications, or other therapies.

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