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Take Action - Support the RAISE Act

There are nearly 40 million family caregivers that provide a staggering 37 billion hours so that their loved ones can live independently. A majority of these hours are unpaid and there is little support or resources available for the caregivers.

Join Oral Health America this year in support of the RAISE (Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage) Family Caregivers Act, as we show our support for all family caregivers across our nation.

How You Can Support RAISE

  • Learn about RAISE and how it provides caregivers with the resources they need
  • Thank your Member in Congress for working in bipartisan fashion to fund the implementation of a national strategy to assist and support family caregivers
  • Share the importance of RAISE on social media

Understanding the RAISE Family Caregivers Act

What is the RAISE Family Caregivers Act?

The Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act, bipartisan-supported, was introduced in July 2015 by Senator Susan Collins of Maine and Representative Gregg Harper of Mississippi. In January 2018, RAISE was signed into law to offer support for the nation's 40 million family caregivers.

What would RAISE do?

RAISE would require the development, maintenance and updating of an integrated national strategy to recognize and support family caregivers through an advisory council. The advisory council would include federal, state and local officials, family caregivers, older adults, healthcare providers, employers etc. and meetings would be open to the public with opportunities for public comments.

Funding for the implementation was passed in 2018.

What would RAISE include?

RAISE would call for:

  • Greater adoption of person-and-family-centered care in all health and long-term care settings with the person and family caregivers (as appropriate) at the center of care teams
  • Assessment and service planning (including care transitions and coordination) involving family caregivers and care recipients
  • Training and other supports
  • Information, education, referral, and care coordination including hospice, palliative care, and advance planning services
  • Respite options
  • Financial security
  • Workplace policies and supports that allow family caregivers to remain in the workforce

How does RAISE improve oral health?

With more health resources, including oral health education, family caregivers can help prevent future oral disease of the older adults under their care. Prevention generally lowers healthcare costs for both older adults and health institutions.