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Delores G. Kelley
Legislation would care for the caregivers
Legislation would care for the caregivers

This is what the caregiver for an elderly relative looks like: She is a woman, aged 45 to 65, and she works full-time. If she is not the spouse, she is a daughter or daughter-in-law or a niece, and she probably has a couple of teen-agers or young adult children of her own. The average age of her charge is 85. She is required to at least manage medications. But more often than not, she is also required to perform sophisticated nursing tasks, such as managing a port or an intravenous site or performing difficult wound care, or operating medical equipment of some kind. And she doesn't have any training for these tasks. A bill in the Maryland Legislature would help this caregiver in a...