Numerous New Jersey residents age 40+ have been family caregivers to an older relative, and many expect to be taking on this role in the future. Given the widespread value of having older adults to remain at home for as long as possible, it is not surprising there is such strong support for proposals to ensure family caregivers have the resources they need to continue providing care for their loved ones.
For instance, more than 85 percent of New Jerseyans age 40 and older support elements of the CARE Act that would require hospitals to engage with caregivers by recording the name of the family caregiver when a loved one is admitted into a hospital; notifying the caregiver if the loved one is to be discharged to another facility or back home; and providing instructions on the medical tasks the family caregiver may need to perform at home.
Further, eight in ten or more respondents support each of the following:
- Giving family caregivers a state income tax credit for expenses they incur for the care of their loved ones
- Passage of the nurse delegation law that would allow registered nurses to delegate some of their responsibilities to other health care workers.
- Requiring employers to provide a limited amount of paid sick leave for family caregiving.
This telephone survey of 1,000 New Jersey residents age 40 and older was conducted between April 11 and April 24, 2014. For more information, contact Kate Bridges at firstname.lastname@example.org.