OK Rep Advances Bill Mandating Training for Guardians of Adults With Cognitive Impairments

KOKH - February 20, 2024 6:18 am

Rep. Nicole Miller, R-Edmond, passed legislation through the House Judicial-Civil Committee that ‘ensures the support of adults with cognitive impairments in Oklahoma.’

House Bill 3667 requires individuals applying for guardianship of an adult with cognitive impairment to complete specified training before being appointed as a guardian.

The bill reportedly requires that ‘the training for Alzheimer’s must encompass understanding the disease, communication techniques, and available resources.’

“There are immense challenges faced by Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. House Bill 3667 is a proactive effort to equip guardians with the necessary knowledge and resources to effectively care for adults with Alzheimer’s or other dementias,” Miller said, “By ensuring guardians are well informed about the disease and the support available to them, we can enhance the quality of care provided to these vulnerable individuals. Additionally, the disease-specific training helps to better prepare caregivers and reduces caregiver stress.”

More than 70,000 Oklahomans are reported to live with Alzheimer’s disease, and there are over 135,000 loved ones currently serving as caregivers.

HB 3667 passed the committee unanimously on Thursday, February 15.

 

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