Nourish for Caregivers supports recommendations to improve recognition and support for family caregivers
WASHINGTON, 20 October 2021 / PRNewswire / – A congressional-mandated council that received feedback from Nourish for Caregivers made recommendations on how to better support family caregivers. Recommendations include a call for culturally appropriate resources, financial security and work, and the expansion of home and community services, congregational care, among other actions.
The RAISE (Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage) Family Care Advisory Board – made up of family caregivers, healthcare experts and others – developed the recommendations after a multidimensional two-year effort with the support and contribution of Nourish for Caregivers. The recommendations fall under five objectives, which include:
- Increased awareness of family caregivers increase public understanding of the contributions of caregivers, including helping people identify themselves as caregivers so that they can get the support they need.
- Engage family caregivers as partners in health care and services and long-term support better integrate family caregivers into health care processes and systems.
- Improve access to services and support for family caregivers including counseling, respite care, peer support, training on common home medical tasks, and hands-on help such as transportation. A recommendation to strengthen the paid workforce of caregivers is also included.
- Support the financial and professional security of natural caregivers to decrease the the impact that family care can have on the financial well-being and the professional life of caregivers.
- Generate evidence-based research, data and practice to help create policies and interventions that meaningfully help caregivers.
According to AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving, United States Caregiving Report 2020, around 53 million people each year provide a wide range of aids to support the health, quality of life and independence of their loved ones. It is estimated that one in six people today is a family caregiver, and more than two-thirds of people will need help with certain tasks as they get older.
Nourish for Caregivers has been invited to provide commentary on this critical topic because of its unique and innovative programs that support caregivers in faith communities across the country. Nourish offers churches a structured, faith-based program to meet the practical, emotional and spiritual needs of caregivers. The program works! In faith communities where caregivers are supported by Nourish for Caregivers, 97% of participants say their stress levels have decreased, 93% of all participants find reconnection and support from others, and 97% say their life of faith and prayer has improved.
âFamily caregivers provide support to a multitude of individuals, from the ever-increasing number of seniors to people with intellectual, mobility and developmental disabilities. a call to action with tangible means to support them, âsaid Kelly johnson, co-founder, Nourish for Caregivers.
âTens of millions of people living in United States either take care of a family member or look after him. These caregivers provide a tremendous amount of unpaid labor that comes with personal sacrifice, physical and emotional impact, as well as spiritual exhaustion. It is time we gave family caregivers the tools and resources to care for their loved ones with dignity and in a way that meets their unique needs, âadded Deb Kelsey-Davis, co-founder, Nourish for Caregivers.
The council’s recommendations serve as the basis for the next National Support Strategy for Family Caregivers. The strategy will result in increased recognition and support for family caregivers by proposing specific actions that can be taken at federal and state levels, by local communities, philanthropic and educational organizations, as well as healthcare providers and long-term service. The strategy will provide a roadmap for the nation to strengthen its support and recognition of the critical role family caregivers of all ages play in long-term health care and support systems.
The council was created under the RAISE Act (Recognizing, Assisting, Inclusion, Supporting, and Engaging Family Caregivers), which was passed by Congress in 2018.
In addition to the participation and support of Nourish for Caregivers, the John A. Hartford Foundation and the National Academy for State Health Policy have supported the RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council with resources, technical assistance and policy analysis.
About Nourish for Caregivers
Nourish for Caregivers is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and empower caregivers through the gift of faith. In a sea of ââmaterials and programs for caregivers, few focus on the whole person and most lack the key element of faith. Nourish for Caregivers is the first of its kind, offering an effective faith-based program to meet the practical, emotional and spiritual needs of caregivers. The Nourish for Caregivers program is present in more than 80 religious communities in the United States and extends to Canada. Nourish also recently launched his healthcare model to address the crisis among healthcare professionals and paraprofessionals and meet their practical, emotional and spiritual needs. For more information visit www.nourishforcaregivers.com.
About the RAISE Family Care Advisory Board
The Family Care Advisory Council (the Council) was established by the RAISE (Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage) Family Caregivers Act and first met in August 2019. The Council includes representatives from federal agencies and 15 voting members, including family caregivers; seniors who need long-term services and supports; disabled people; health care and social service providers; long-term support and service providers; employers; paraprofessional workers; local government officials; accreditation bodies; Veterans; and, where appropriate, other family rights experts and organizations. The Council is responsible for providing recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on effective models of family care and family caregiver support, as well as improving coordination between federal government programs. For more information visit www.acl.gov/RAISE.
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