Designating a Caregiver

Designating a Caregiver

When you are admitted for a hospital stay, you will be asked:

“Do you have a family caregiver?”

In 2015, the Nevada Legislature passed the CARE Act. The law is designed to help caregivers stay informed when a family member or friend is in the hospital, and be better prepared to take care of their loved one at home following the hospital stay.

The CARE Act requires HGH to do three things:

  • Provide you with the opportunity to designate a caregiver.
  • Inform your caregiver when you are to be discharged to another facility or back home.
  • Provide the caregiver an explanation and demonstration of any medical tasks that will need to be performed at home, such as wound care or medication management.

What you should do:

  • Be aware of your rights under the CARE Act.
  • Have a family discussion about who you designate as your caregiver. This will not necessarily be the same person as your legal next of kin, especially if your family members don’t live in your community.
  • Carry the name and contact information of your caregiver with you. Download and print a free CARE Act wallet card at so you’ll have this information available when you need it most.

For more information:

Please visit, or call Humboldt General Hospital at (775) 304-0530.

To download a brochure on the Nevada CARE Act, please click here.