Effective July 12, 2016, a new law called the Designated Caregiver Act requires hospitals to allow patients to designate a caregiver to provide post-discharge services in their residence. The law is designed to promote effective in-home care services for patients following hospitalization. While much of the act’s requirements were already standard practice in hospitals across Michigan, patients and caregivers are now guaranteed the same procedure at any hospital in the state.
The act has two main requirements. The first gives each patient the opportunity to designate a caregiver before discharge. Secondly, the act requires that the hospital consult with the designated caregiver before discharge, provide them with a care plan and discuss the patient’s post-discharge needs. While this caregiver is not legally required to fulfill the caregiving duties provided by the hospital, this act can hopefully improve the quality of care seniors are receiving at home.