Establishes the office for caregiver advocates, a support network for relatives who act as a primary caregiver for an older adult relative.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the elder law, in relation to establishing the office for caregiver advocates, a support network for relatives who act as a primary caregiver for an older adult relative
PURPOSE OF GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To assist relatives of elder persons with the process of navigating through the trajectory of health and quality of life support programs, assistance and related rules, regulations, requisites and paper work.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Establishes an Office for Caregiver Advocates with the focus of providing caregiver literacy through a resource center to individuals who are the primary relative responsible for advocating on behalf of an elderly adult, 60 years of age or greater, no longer capable of caring for themselves due to age. The Office will provide technical assistance, information and referral, assistance in gaining access to available services, counseling with regard to decision making with regard to difficult and problematic situations and will disseminate written material that will prove useful to the caregiver.
EXISTING LAW: None
JUSTIFICATION: The current generation of baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1954) and constitute 79 million Americans New York State baby boomers constitute 25% of the national elder population and 19% of the 19.57 million New Yorkers.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Redeployment of existing staff.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediate
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5621 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 29, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. ADAMS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Aging AN ACT to amend the elder law, in relation to establishing the office for caregiver advocates, a support network for relatives who act as a primary caregiver for an older adult relative THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The elder law is amended by adding a new section 224 to read as follows: S 224. OFFICE FOR CAREGIVER ADVOCATES. 1. THE DIRECTOR IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED, TO THE EXTENT APPROPRIATIONS ARE AVAILABLE THEREFOR, TO DEVELOP AND ESTABLISH AN OFFICE FOR ADULT CAREGIVER ADVO- CATES FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING SUPPORT SERVICES TO RELATIVES WHO ACT AS A PRIMARY CAREGIVER FOR AN OLDER ADULT RELATIVE. THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF SUCH OFFICE SHALL BE TO PROVIDE INFORMATION AND EDUCATION TO ADULT RELATIVE CAREGIVERS AS THEIR RELATIVE TRANSITIONS IN THE AGING PROCESS. 2. DEFINITIONS. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION: (A) "ADULT RELATIVE CAREGIVERS" SHALL MEAN ANY RELATIVE OF AN ELDERLY ADULT WHETHER BY BLOOD OR MARRIAGE WHO: (I) IS EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER, AND (II) LIVES WITH THE ELDERLY ADULT, OR (III) PROVIDES CAREGIV- ER SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY ADULT BECAUSE THE ELDERLY ADULT IS NO LONGER ABLE TO CARE FOR THEMSELVES IN WHOLE OR IN PART BECAUSE OF THEIR AGE. (B) "CAREGIVER SERVICES" SHALL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO: (I) VERBAL REMINDING, PHYSICAL CUEING OR SUPERVISION, (II) PROVIDING ASSIST- ANCE WITH ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING INCLUDING EATING, TOILETING, TRANS- FERRING, BATHING, DRESSING, AND MAINTAINING CONTINENCE. (C) "ELDERLY ADULT" SHALL MEAN AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS SIXTY YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER WHO IS UNABLE TO PERFORM AT LEAST TWO ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING WITHOUT SUBSTANTIAL HUMAN ASSISTANCE. 3. THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE OFFICE FOR CAREGIVER ADVOCATES MAY INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: (A) THE CREATION OF CAREGIVER ADVO-EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11297-01-3 S. 5621 2
CATES RESOURCE CENTERS BY LOCAL OFFICES FOR THE AGING IN NEW YORK STATE, (B) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND TRAINING FOR ADULT RELATIVE CAREGIVERS, (C) INFORMATION AND REFERRAL FOR ADULT RELATIVE CAREGIVERS, (D) ASSISTANCE TO ADULT RELATIVE CAREGIVERS IN GAINING ACCESS TO AVAILABLE SERVICES, (E) COUNSELING TO ADULT RELATIVE CAREGIVERS IN MAKING DECISIONS AND SOLVING PROBLEMS RELATING TO THEIR CAREGIVING ROLES, AND (F) THE PUBLI- CATION AND DISSEMINATION OF PRINTED MATERIAL RELATED TO SERVICES AVAIL- ABLE TO ADULT RELATIVE CAREGIVERS AND THE ELDERLY ADULTS THEY CARE FOR. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.