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The RAISE Family Caregivers Act Is Signed Into Law

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on March 13, 2018 at 4:21 PM

raise-family-caregiver-act-blog.jpg RAISE (which stands for Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage) focuses on providing relief to those who care for a relative or close loved one. Family caregivers don’t have to provide just personal care to qualify. The RAISE Act can help any family caregiver who provides housekeeping, financial and medical assistance.

What Will the Bill Do?

By the Numbers

40 million: The number of family caregivers in the U.S.

8%: The percent of seniors 65-79 who live with adult children

May 3, 2017: The RAISE Family Caregivers Act was introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Representatives Gregg Harper (R-MS) and Kathy Castor (D-FL)

Jan. 22, 2018: President Donald Trump signed the act

15: The Family Caregiving Advisory council would be composed of 15 voting members: family caregivers; older adults with long-term services and supports needs; people with disabilities; veterans; health care and social service providers; long-term services and supports providers; employers; state and local officials; other experts and advocacy organizations

The bill would form the Family Caregiving Advisory Council. The council, with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, would recommend strategic actions for the federal, state and local governments along with communities, health care providers, long-term services and support providers to recognize and support family caregivers. These actions would include:

  • Health care providers, long-term services and support providers promote person- and family-centered care for the patient and their family caregiver
  • Care assessments and care service planning involve participation from the patient and their family caregiver
  • A family caregiver receives educational information or training about referrals to other care providers and care coordination such as hospice care, palliative care and advanced planning services
  • A family caregiver could choose respite care if they desired
  • The above agencies offer financial security and assistance with workplace issues

Simply put, the bill requires action within three years from the federal government to create a strategy for all states that will help family caregivers provide care for their loved ones at home, whether personal, financial, etc., so the family caregivers can continue in their careers.

Family caregivers are the backbone of our care system in America,” Nancy A. LeaMond, AARP’s chief advocacy and engagement officer, said in a statement. “We need to make it easier for them to coordinate care for their loved ones, get information and resources, and take a break so they can rest and recharge.”

Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving

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