NY Senate Passes Bill to Help Family Caregivers

ALBANY (AP) -

The New York state Senate voted Tuesday to give help to family members and others who care for a loved one at home.

The legislation would allow patients to designate a spouse, child or other relative or friend as a caregiver and require hospitals to provide training to help them look after the patient once they leave the hospital.

Its sponsors say it will reduce medical costs by improving the care patients can get at home. Similar legislation is pending in the Assembly.