Archive for November, 2013

Learn How to Go from Home Care Worker to Business Owner in WI

Posted by on November 21st, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Comments Off on Learn How to Go from Home Care Worker to Business Owner in WI

cooperative_care_logo with borderIn a recent Minnesota Post article, Tracy Dudzinski helped explain why home care co-ops are a promising solution to the growing need for home care services. If you live in Wisconsin, please join us on December 5, when Tracy will explain this exciting opportunity in a Direct Care Alliance informational session on what it takes to start a home care co-op.

Tracy is a caregiver, administrative coordinator, and board chair at Cooperative Care, a leading home care co-op based in Wautoma, Wisconsin. She also serves as DCA’s board chair. About 60 home care workers at Cooperative Care provide services for about 150 clients in Waushara, Winnebago, Green Lake, Adams, Fond du Lac and Marquette counties.

Join our conference call to hear Tracy explain what a co-op is, how it is governed and what the benefits are to caregivers and clients. She’ll also answer your questions. Continue reading »

Protecting the New Home Care Rule

Posted by on November 20th, 2013 at 3:02 pm | 1 Comment »
Today's House hearing

Today’s House hearing

A hearing held this morning on the new home care rule by the U.S. House Education & the Workforce’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections misrepresented a victory of great importance to the nation’s fastest growing workforce and the millions of elders and people with disabilities who rely on it.

As reflected by its title–Redefining Companion Care: Jeopardizing Access to Affordable Care for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities–the hearing incorrectly framed the winning of basic labor protections by home care workers as a threat to those who rely on their services. In fact, the rule will benefit consumers by helping to stabilize the workforce they depend on.

We anticipate that this is just the beginning of a concerted push to urge Congress to disapprove the home care rule. The unusually long delay between the day it was issued (September 17, 2013) and when it becomes effective (January 1, 2015) gives opponents more than a year to try to whip up opposition to the rule.

We must not let opposition overturn this hard won and long-overdue victory for home care workers–and us all. DCA and our allies are working hard to ensure that the rule is not derailed by Congress and is implemented properly. Continue reading »

Help Advocate for Affordable Health Care in Virginia

Posted by on November 19th, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Comments Off on Help Advocate for Affordable Health Care in Virginia
Jessica Brill Ortiz

Jessica Brill Ortiz

Virginia has an important opportunity to expand the state’s Medicaid program, which provides low-income Virginians with crucial access to affordable health care–and you can help make it happen!

Governor-elect McAuliffe has expressed strong support for accepting federal money to expand Medicaid, but the decision is not just up to him. The Virginia legislature and related commission also have a say, and their support is not guaranteed.

If you live in Virginia, your elected officials need to hear from YOU about how important it is that Virginia expand the state’s Medicaid program, so more than 400,000 low-income Virginians can have access to affordable health care. Tell them to do the right thing for Virginia’s direct care workers and the consumers they serve!

Two easy ways to help:

  1. Email me or call me at 202.236.4593 to learn how we can help you tell your legislators why affordable health care matters in Virginia. You can make a difference in as little as five minutes.
  2. Forward this email to your friends and encourage them to contact me too.

For more information about Medicaid and Medicaid expansion, check out this DCA information sheet.

Give the Gift of Recognition – Give a DCA Membership!

Posted by on November 18th, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Comments Off on Give the Gift of Recognition – Give a DCA Membership!

Helen Hanson at the ME Common Ground fairShe helps your mother bathe and dress every morning, careful to let her do whatever she can on her own. He sings songs with your son at the activity center, making him laugh like no one else can. When a blizzard caused a power outage and closed the roads, they stayed beyond their shifts so your clients or residents wouldn’t be left alone. Your wife has done this job for 20 years. You know her consumers appreciate her, but you wish you could show her how important she is to the community, even if most people don’t seem to understand or respect her work.

They are home health aides, certified nursing assistants, personal care attendants, direct support professionals—the direct care workers in your life. This holiday season, show them how much you respect and appreciate them: Give them a Direct Care Alliance membership. Continue reading »

Through the Eyes of the Legally Blind: Helping You Help Us

Posted by on November 18th, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Comments Off on Through the Eyes of the Legally Blind: Helping You Help Us
Vynasaka Corriere

Vynasaka Corriere

In the last decade, organizations such as the National Federation of the Blind and the American Foundation for the Blind have established numerous services and resources to help people who, like me, are legally blind. Braille reading materials, voice-activated applications for computers, cell phones and e-books, sound activated walk signals at busy intersections and other tools help us with important functions like reading, writing and travel —yet many of us continue to struggle with social and community needs.

I’d like to share some of my experiences and my thoughts about how family members and direct care workers can better support those needs for the people they live or work with. Continue reading »

Report from the Field: Legislators Listen in New Mexico

Posted by on November 4th, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Comments Off on Report from the Field: Legislators Listen in New Mexico
Adrienne Smith (R) with Rep. Kelly Fajardo

Adrienne Smith (L) with State Rep. Kelly Fajardo

The New Mexico Direct Caregivers Coalition (NMDCC) is hosting a series of listening sessions for family and professional caregivers, care recipients, friends and family members of caregivers and advocates of people with disabilities and those who are elderly. The sessions bring these constituents together with their elected representatives to share their thoughts and experiences, and to discuss how the state could better support care recipients and their caregivers.

Two sessions were hosted in mid-October, both led by state representatives. On October 12, State Representative Kelly Fajardo (R-Belen) asked attendees in Los Lunas to share their comments concerning minimum education and training requirements for professional caregivers. On October 19, Representative Fajardo and State Senator Michael Padilla (D-Albuquerque) asked the same question of attendees in Albuquerque.  Continue reading »

Poem for Direct Care Alliance

Posted by on November 4th, 2013 at 2:38 pm | 3 Comments »
David Moreau

David Moreau

David read this poem during a conference call hosted by DCA on October 28 to celebrate the final rule that extends Fair Labor Standards Act protections to home care workers.

I have helped you bathe and helped you eat.

I have helped you take your meds and get back on your feet.

I have taken your vital signs and listened to your stories.

I have made it possible for you to stay in your home.

I have seen you confused, aged, injured and ill

And I helped you through your day with dignity.

And if not you — your mother, brother, neighbor or lover.

For all of us need a helping hand some day. Continue reading »