Student petitions Legislature for an ‘Informal Caregiver Bill of Rights’
By The Star Staff
Student Jonathan Pitre recently petitioned the island House of Representatives to file House Bill 1108, which would create the “Informal Caregivers Bill of Rights.”
“Informal care has been a historically invisible role from public policy,” Pitre said in a written statement. “This bill is a first step in beginning to recognize, validate and protect the work and sacrifice that thousands of Puerto Rican families make for their loved ones.”
“This bill prepares us for the future by recognizing the figure of the caregiver as a pillar of our health systems,” added the clinical psychology student at the University of Puerto Rico.
Pitre noted that in Puerto Rico, 440,000 informal caregivers attend to the food needs, basic hygiene, financial matters, transportation and medication management of family, friends and neighbors. Such caregivers are not protected by the law when situations arise in which such legal protections are needed, he added.
The bill was filed by Reps. José Bernardo Márquez, Mariana Nogales Molinelli and Lisie Burgos Muñiz.
The purpose of the legislation is for the state to promote, defend and support the role of the informal caregiver as an integral part of the health system in Puerto Rico, among other provisions.