Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - October 17, 2017 


On the rundown: a new poll has Americans turning thumbs-down on Trump’s hurricane response; changes in the works to North Carolina’s election law; a move to protect Central California wilderness; and making federal buildings “bird friendly”

Daily Newscasts

Iowa Caregivers Celebrate Progress of Bipartisan Legislation

It's not uncommon for family caregivers to shoulder the dual responsibility of caring for a loved one and maintaining full-time employment outside the home. (Dirk Schumacher/Pixabay)
It's not uncommon for family caregivers to shoulder the dual responsibility of caring for a loved one and maintaining full-time employment outside the home. (Dirk Schumacher/Pixabay)
October 2, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa – Legislation intended to recognize and bolster the important work of family caregivers is making progress in Congress – and Iowans are watching it closely.

The RAISE Family Caregivers Act, which stands for recognize, assist, include and support, is headed for the U.S. House after passing the Senate last week.

Anthony Carroll, associate state director for advocacy with AARP Iowa, says it's vital that an integrated national strategy be developed for the estimated 40 million family caregivers across the country, including many in Iowa.

"317,000-plus family caregivers, every day providing care for loved ones in a variety of ways, whether it be managing their medications, assisting with other types of medical tasks, or helping with bathing and dressing," Carroll points out.

The RAISE Family Caregivers Act would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop, maintain and update a national strategy to address the critical role of family caregivers.

It would identify specific actions that could be taken by communities, care providers, employers and government to increase the effectiveness of and supports for caregivers.

Carroll says he's optimistic that the House will embrace the same bipartisan approach to the bill that the Senate has taken.

If the bill passes and is signed by the president, developing the initial strategy would take up to 18 months.

Carroll says the goal is to help alleviate what can be an overwhelming responsibility of caring for loved ones.

"Whether it be through training supports, respite options for the so many family caregivers who are working caregivers," he states.

Care coordination between hospitals and family caregivers is sometimes complicated by complex rules about exchanging information when patients are released from the hospital.

That too, says Carroll, is an area RAISE seeks to address.


Kevin Patrick Allen, Public News Service - IA