Posted by Direct Care Alliance on October 21st, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Comments Off on Direct Care Workers in the News
“The people that take care of me deserve a living wage,” says home care recipient Kyle Auxier.
How well a home care worker is treated has depended entirely on the employer. Now, that’s finally changing.
Award-winning home health aide Joe Quinn on how home care workers go above and beyond for their clients.
Nearly three-quarters of direct care workers are forced to rush through basic care for the elderly and disabled, survey finds.
Ai-jen Poo on why it is essential that we pay home care workers enough to support their families. Continue reading »
Posted by Leonila Vega on March 21st, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Comments Off on Humble Heroes: Caring and Supporting Beyond the Care Plan
Meeting with direct care workers whether they work in nursing homes, assisted living or providing care and supports to elders and people living with disabilities in their homes, is both humbling and profoundly inspiring. The stories I hear or moments I witness are examples of exemplary heroism and personal sacrifice. These are the kind of stories that refuel your faith in people today, that there are those who – without regard to money, comfort or even means – will take extraordinary steps to help others in need, whether they be families members or not. Forty-two personal care assistants received PCA of the Year Award and nine others received outstanding PCA awards.
Recently, I met such humble heroes at the 2011 In-Home Care Workers Have Heart Conference in Oklahoma. These “humble heroes” possess the qualities I want in a person caring for me, when I need home care as I know some day I will. I am certain you too want this very type of home care worker to be there for you. Read more and see for yourself what it means to receive good care, care beyond the plan of care, those essential documents put together by nurses, doctors and others to ensure elders and people living with disabilities have the care they need:
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Posted by Direct Care Alliance on October 27th, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Comments Off on Direct Care Workers in the News
DSP Chronicles Profiles Daniel Escojido
Daniel Escojido, a 26-year-old direct support professional who is the house manager for a group home is Ponca City, Oklahoma, is profiled in the October issue of The DSP Chronicles
. “Is he mature beyond his 26 years? For sure!” says his supervisor in Tom King’s article. “Some people in this field have got it, and some don’t have it. Daniel’s got it.”
He was inspired to join the field by his mother, Maria, who provided in-home supports for the elderly. “I saw and watched and heard how she talked with them, the difference she made in their lives and how she loved them and they loved her and I’ve never forgotten that,” he told the publication.
Boston Globe Honors Evelyn Coke, Calls for “Decent Pay” for Home Care Workers
An editorial in Sunday’s Boston Globe pays tribute to Evelyn Coke and warns that “many thousands of Evelyn Cokes” will soon be added to the workforce — and they must be paid “a decent wage.” Continue reading »
Posted by Direct Care Alliance on September 9th, 2009 at 11:17 am | 1 Comment »
As every direct care worker advocate knows, personal and home care aides earn far too little for the important work they do. And now an updated version of PHI’s State Chart Book on Wages for Personal and Home Care Aides (PDF) gives advocates a valuable tool, proving that real wages are actually getting worse.
The chart book analyzes data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, adjusting last year’s wages for inflation to see how their earning power compares to average wages in 1999.
Nationwide, these inflation-adjusted rates, which the chartbook calls “real wages,” have decreased by 3 percent over the past nine years, dropping from $7.50 an hour to just $7.31. Real wages increased in more than half the states during that period, but not enough to make up for their decline in the other 21.
Median wages in 2008 ranged from $7.05 an hour in Texas to $12.55 in Alaska in 2008, or real wages of $5.61 to $9.90. “Wages for personal and home care aides are so low,” says PHI Director of Policy Research Dorie Seavey, “that about 20 percent of these workers received a raise on July 24 when the minimum wage increased to $7.25/hour.”
The chartbook also compares wages to federal poverty level wages for a one-person household.
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Posted by Direct Care Alliance on June 25th, 2009 at 10:56 am | 1 Comment »
A full set of DCA Direct Care Fact Sheets, one for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, is now available in the Resources section of our website.
The one-page sheets were created as a resource for direct care worker advocates and their allies, legislators, policymakers, members of the media, and others interested in direct care issues. They include key facts such as:
- The number of home health aides, nursing assistants, and personal and home care aides in the state in 2006 and the projected numbers of each in 2016
- The average hourly wage for the state’s direct care workers
- What percentage of direct care workers in that state or region are without health insurance
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