A bill aimed at assisting families caring for loved ones at home who are ill was signed Friday by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

The measure, Senate Bill 376, allows hospital patients to designate caregivers, and requires hospitals to provide caregiver instructions, including demonstrations of medical tasks they are expected to perform.

The legislation is called the Family Caregiver Act.

It was AARP’s top Louisiana priority for the 2016 regular legislative session.

Over 660,000 family caregivers help loved ones who are living at home, the AARP said in a prepared statement.

“Most older adults who receive assistance at home rely exclusively on unpaid family caregivers for help,” said Denise Bottcher, state director for AARP Louisiana.

“Family caregivers carry a huge responsibility. Caring for a loved one is already physically and emotionally draining without the stress of figuring out complicated medical tasks on your own,” said Sen. Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb, D-Baton Rouge. “SB376 will advance common sense steps that would make a world of difference to family caregivers.” The legislation takes effect Aug. 1.