In 2013, roughly 40 million family caregivers in the United States provided unpaid care valued at about $470 billion to adults who needed help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, managing medications and transportation. Bipartisan legislation, endorsed by AARP, has been introduced in Congress to support family caregivers.
The bill — called the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act (S 1719/HR 3099) — requires the development of a strategy that would identify specific actions that government, communities, providers, employers and others can take to recognize and support family caregivers. That will help people live at home, where numerous surveys show they want to be, preventing more costly care and saving taxpayer dollars.
AARP urges members to call their representatives at 844-453-9952 and their senators at 844-449-9466 (both toll-free) and urge them to cosponsor the bipartisan RAISE Family Caregivers Act.
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