Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI-09) have introduced bipartisan legislation to better tailor support for the 40 million family caregivers who provide in-home care to loved ones. This care allows families to avoid expensive hospitalization and assisted living facilities, and preserves the freedom and personal wellbeing of sick and older Americans. The Supporting Family Caregivers Act would help identify the specific needs of family caregivers to improve the quality of resources available to them.
“Family and friends play a critical role in managing the health and wellness of their aging and sick loved ones, yet the evolving demands of providing care presents a significant challenge that can impact the wellbeing of caregivers,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Through the use of individual needs assessments, this bipartisan legislation will give family caregivers the personalized support they need to provide high-quality care to their family members, while enhancing the coordination of available resources.”
The Supporting Family Caregivers Act encourages the use of assessments to identify caregivers’ individual needs and challenges, allowing services to be targeted to each person more effectively and efficiently. Protecting the personal health and wellbeing of caregivers allows them to better care for their loved ones and ensures the best possible outcomes for older and sick family members.