Congress passed the RAISE Family Caregivers Act on January 9, 2018.
What is the RAISE Family Caregivers Act?
A bill that requires the federal government to develop a strategy to support the 40 million Americans who care for a loved one is on its way to the president’s desk after passing the Senate on Monday.
What Does RAISE Stand For?
The measure — the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act — had passed the House late last year. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to create an advisory council charged with making recommendations on the strategy to support family caregivers.
What’s the Impact on Family Caregivers?
Every year, family caregivers provide about 37 billion hours of unpaid help for their loved ones valued at an estimated $470 billion — as much as the combined annual sales of Apple, Hewlett Packard, IBM and Microsoft. Caregivers often are responsible for managing a loved one’s medications and other health needs, as well as preparing meals, transportation, and doing housework. Many provide this care while working full time and raising their own families. About 32 percent of family caregivers provide at least 21 hours of care a week.
The RAISE Family Caregivers Act, which must be developed within 18 months, would address financial and workplace matters, respite care, and other ways to support caregivers. The RAISE Family Caregivers Act would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop and sustain a national strategy to recognize and support the more than 40 million family caregivers in the United States. This bipartisan legislation has been endorsed by over 60 aging and disability organizations, including the AARP, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Arc.
“Every day, family caregivers do right by their loved ones, and today I am proud to say we are doing right by them by passing the RAISE Family Caregivers Act to formally recognize and support family caregivers across this country,” said Senator Baldwin. “This bipartisan effort is especially personal to me as I was raised by my maternal grandparents and later served as my grandmother’s primary caretaker as she grew older. I know the challenges that family caregivers face. I’ve listened to family caregivers across Wisconsin and I will keep working to help make a difference in their lives. This reform will provide much-needed support for family caregivers and help ensure that our older adults and loved ones with disabilities receive the highest quality care in their own homes.” (Source)
What are the Goals of a National Family Caregiving Strategy?
The goals of the national strategy are to identify any actions that the government, communities, health providers, employers and others can take to support family caregivers. This includes:
- Promoting greater adoption of person and family centered care in all health and long-term care settings
- Assessment and service planning involving care recipients and family caregivers
- Information, education, training supports, referral, and care coordination
- Workplace policies to help family caregivers keep working
- Respite options
- Meeting the needs of the diverse caregiving population
- Financial security for family caregivers
How Does In Home Personal Service Help Family Caregivers?
We understand managing care along with juggling a job, additional family, and other actives can be quite challenging. We are so happy the RAISE Family Caregivers Act is making headway and we hope it gets passed to give family caregivers the additional assistance they need. We would also like to extend a helping hand to take some of the load off to our great staff who treat your loved one as if they were part of our own family. Our services are affordable and there are no long-term contracts, no hourly or daily minimums, and we’re available 24/7. Our services can be changed or cancelled at any time with only 24 hours’ notice and no penalties or fees. Whether you’re looking for care for one hour a day, one hour a week, or one hour a month, or more we’ve got you covered.