senate Bill S5621

Relates to establishing the office of caregiver advocates a support network for relatives who act as a primary caregiver for an older adult relative

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  • 29 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO AGING
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE

Summary

Establishes the office for caregiver advocates, a support network for relatives who act as a primary caregiver for an older adult relative.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7749
Versions:
S5621
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Elder Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง224, Eld L

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5621

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

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5621

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              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.

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