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RAISE Family Caregivers Act – What it means for you

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Posted on March 5th, 2018 by Teri Dreher, under Healthcare Reform, Legislative Issues, Patient Advocacy, Patient Tools, Something New

Support when it counts

On January 22nd, President Trump signed the RAISE (Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage) Family Caregivers Act into law. For families all around the country, this is wonderful news.  The RAISE Act was designed to provide awareness and assistance for family caregivers. For the 44 millions caregivers in the US, this act aims to make supporting their loved ones easier.


The nuts and bolts of it

As described by the Autism Speaks organization, “The law directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop, maintain, and periodically update a national family caregiving strategy. As a result of the RAISE Family Caregivers Act, HHS will convene a Family Caregiving Advisory Council to develop the national family caregiving strategy. The advisory council will include at least one family caregiver, an older adult with long-term support needs, a person with a disability, a health care provider, a long-term service and support provider, an employer, a veteran, state and local officials, and the heads of other relevant federal agencies.” While the overall aim of the strategy is to help our helpers, the strategy does include specific goals.

  • Promoting greater adoption of person-centered care and family-centered care in health settings and long-term care settings
  • Training for family caregivers
  • Respite options for family caregivers
  • Ways to increase financial security for family caregivers
  • Workplace policies to help family caregivers keep working
  • Collecting and sharing of information about innovative family caregiving models
  • Assessing federal programs around family caregiving
  • Addressing disparities and meeting the needs of the diverse caregiving population

Why we’re so thrilled

NShore Patient Advocates prides its staff on helping families and caregivers alike. This act will only help us achieve our company goals. We’re thrilled because we see the need for legislation like this everyday in our work. The healthcare maze in our country is getting more and more difficult to navigate. Additionally, Baby boomers are aging and greatly expanding the senior citizen population. People who care for their family members are needed more than ever, and the job is difficult. This act is a nod to people everywhere who are trying to take care of their loved ones, and we couldn’t love that more.



With over 36 years of clinical experience in Critical Care nursing, home based health care and expertise as a cardiovascular nurse clinician, Teri is well acquainted with the complexities of the modern healthcare system. She has served as a nursing leader, mentor, educator, and consistent patient advocate throughout her career in some of the best hospitals across the country. Her passion to keep the patient at the center of the model of nursing care led her to incorporate NShore Patient Advocates, LLC in 2011, serving clients throughout the northern suburbs of Chicago.

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