RAISE Report Offers 26 Recommendations to Strengthen Family Caregiving

The Family Caregiving Advisory Council created by the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, & Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act of 2017 has issued its initial report to Congress. The report outlines progress to date on the council’s efforts to evaluate and document the experiences and unmet needs of the nation’s family caregivers in the current environment. The report includes 26 recommendations that were developed in response to a broad range of information-gathering efforts conducted between 2019 and 2021. These efforts included a formal request for information (RFI) from family caregivers, a series of listening sessions and focus groups, and more than a dozen briefings from experts in the field.

The council used the findings of its information-gathering efforts to develop the recommendations presented in this report. The recommendations include:

  • Five recommendations that address the need for increased awareness of family caregiving;
  • Five recommendations for increased emphasis on integrating the caregiver into processes and systems from which they have been traditionally excluded;
  • Nine recommendations for increasing access to services and supports to assist family caregivers;
  • Four recommendations to increase financial and workplace protections for caregivers; and,
  • Three recommendations to drive better and more consistent research and data collection to assist in the development and dissemination of systemic policies and interventions that can help family caregivers in meaningful ways.

FMI: Read the report at https://acl.gov/sites/default/files/RAISE-Initial%20Report%20To%20Congress%202021_Final.pdf.