Promoting Caregiver Health, Strength, and Resilience 

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter understood that even on the days when caregiving provides joy and fulfillment, it is hard work. That’s why she founded the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers 35 years ago. Today, we are continuing her work promoting caregivers’ health, strength, and resilience.

Promoting Caregiver Health, Strength, and Resilience 

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter understood that even on the days when caregiving provides joy and fulfillment, it is hard work. That’s why she founded the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers 35 years ago. Today, we are continuing her work promoting caregivers’ health, strength, and resilience.

53

MILLION AMERICANS

currently serve as family caregivers to someone who is aging, ill, or disabled

Our Founder

Former First Lady of the United States

“There are only four kinds of people in the world––those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.”

- Rosalynn Carter

Former First Lady of the United States

Am I A Caregiver?

Although caregiving will likely affect all of us at some point in our lives, many caregivers do not identify as a caregiver. Too often we hear caregivers describe themselves as “just” a daughter, husband, friend, or neighbor. If you provide support such as errands and grocery shopping, wound care and prescription management, or cooking, cleaning, and personal care at home – you are a caregiver, and you deserve to be seen and supported. 

We are Here for You

RCI fulfills its promise to champion the family caregiver by building cross-sector partnerships,  leading research projects and strategic initiatives, developing and implementing evidence-based programs,  and advocating for public policy – and we engage family caregivers every step of the way.

The Future of Caregiving

RCI believes caregivers deserve robust systems of support that center the caregiver and their experience – not just the diagnosis of their care recipient. 

CAREGIVER SUPPORT​

RCI’s evidence-based programs provide caregivers, caregiving coaches, and employers with one-on-one coaching, peer support, and training opportunities to support caregiver health and well-being.

CAREGIVER ADVOCACY​

RCI’s advocacy efforts mobilize former and current family caregivers to fundamentally change the way caregivers are seen and supported.

STRATEGIC INITIATIVES​

Through a portfolio of research projects and strategic initiatives, RCI is working to answer key questions about caregiver demographics, health, needs, and existing supports.

We all have a care story.​

Stories are the foundation of our movement, offering a glimpse into the daily challenges and joys we face as caregivers. They demonstrate how essential we are and how critically we need support. Sharing your story can fuel advocacy efforts, change minds, and make a difference.

Our Community of Support 

RCI’s cross-sector partnerships are instrumental in helping us reach
more caregivers, in more places, and in more ways.  

Get Help Now

Crisis TEXT Line

If you are a caregiver in need of support, you can text TOUGH to 741741 for free, 24/7 crisis counseling.

Manage Your Stress

RCI has partnered with Sharecare to offer a mini course through their mental wellbeing app, Unwinding with Sharecare, which is available to all caregivers.

Stay Up To Date 

Get connected to the latest news and resources from RCI.  

We can’t do this work without the support of caregiver champions like you.

Current Roles

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Rosalynn Carter

1927 - 2023

The world knows Rosalynn Carter as a former First Lady, global humanitarian, and the love of President Carter’s life. What is less well known is Mrs. Carter’s commitment to create a more caring society by recognizing and supporting some of the most vulnerable populations. She was dedicated to families navigating the burdens and rewards of caring for those who are aging, ill, or disabled.

Mrs. Carter recognized that taking care of another person was more than simply the everyday duty of family and those who selflessly cared for family and friends – caregivers – were often overlooked. These realizations led Mrs. Carter to become a champion for caregivers, and she has continued her efforts on their behalf beyond her time in public service.

In 1987, Mrs. Carter founded the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers (RCI) to support the unique needs of caregivers those who selflessly cared for family and friends; and build on her belief that everyone is a caregiver now, has been a caregiver, or will either be or need a caregiver in the future. Over the last 36 years, RCI has grown to support all unpaid caregivers, which number more than 53 million people in the United States.

Her efforts fostered RCI’s national expansion, increased awareness of the challenges facing family caregivers, and has positioned caregivers as a vital part of our nation’s public health system.

Mrs. Carter dedicated her life to her family, her faith, and to helping others. Her spirit will continue to inhabit everything we do at the institute created in her name. We at RCI have been honored to know her and will work each and every day to continue in her spirit the good work she started. She would have it no other way.

Please join us in honoring Mrs. Carter’s legacy by supporting our nation’s caregivers with a contribution.