New National Plan to Support Caregivers

The Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (“RAISE”) Family Caregivers Act was signed into law on January 22, 2018.  Although no funds have yet been allocated to support this program, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services has been given 18 months to create a national family care-giving strategy.  The Act requires that the care-giving strategy “identify recommended actions” for all levels of government, as well as individual care providers to promote the adoption of “person-centered care,” improve caregiver training and education materials, and enhance financial security and workplace protections for caregivers.  With the official recognition of the unmet needs of care-givers, we hope will come real world tools to improve resources for all.

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