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Connecticut bill seeks more support for patient caregivers

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HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

Caregivers of newly released hospital patients would receive information and training in follow-up care under new legislation being considered by Connecticut lawmakers.

Senate President Martin Looney, a Democrat from New Haven, said too many caregivers are "often left to their own devices" when it comes to performing complex, medically oriented tasks for their loved ones after they return home.

A bill up for a public hearing Tuesday would require hospitals to allow patients to designate a caregiver, notify that caregiver if the patient is discharged, and provide them with instructions on how to perform tasks such as medication management, wound care and injections.

Similar legislation is being considered by legislatures across the country. The bill is supported by the AARP and the Alzheimer's Association of Connecticut.

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