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The roots of homecare: A friendship that grew from caring

The roots of homecare: A friendship that grew from caring

By Gayle, San Diego caregiver I am a single mother of a child with autism. When he was first diagnosed, I didn’t know how to access the help and resources that my son needed. But my story begins many years ago, before my son was born, when I worked with an organization that provided shelter for people in need of medical care and housing. It was in 1999 that I first met a courageous young woman who had recently been medically transported from Japan. Her name was Editha Adams. She arrived in San Diego with no friends or family and […]

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What my Dad taught me about caring for others

What my Dad taught me about caring for others

By Edwy Keith, caregiver, San Diego County This Sunday is Father’s Day and I will be spending the day with my dad. I am a father and have three kids of my own, but they live far away—I had to leave them and the rest of my family when I moved in with my Dad to take care of him full-time. My name is Edwy Keith. I’m from San Diego County, and I’ve provided in-home care for my 67-year-old father for the past two years. I left my career as a computer engineer to be with Dad. Thankfully I was […]

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Advocates flock to California capitol with cookies, causes

Advocates flock to California capitol with cookies, causes

By Daniel Rothberg, The Sacramento Bee Saturday, Jun. 7, 2014 Wearing a bright green United Domestic Workers T-shirt, Janet MacLean stood out against legislative aides walking to work in business suits outside the Capitol one day last week. Using an electric scooter, MacLean watched from three feet below most of the crowd, a mix of about 4,000 caretakers and clients, many of them bused in from San Diego, Del Norte County and parts in between. MacLean, who was a caretaker until a progressive joint disease and a bad fall left her in need of her own care, joined the coalition […]

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Caring for a Caregiver

Caring for a Caregiver

By Yvonne Griffin, caregiver, San Diego County “There are only four kinds of people in this world: Those who have been caregivers, Those who currently are caregivers, Those who will be caregivers, And those who will need caregivers.” — Rosalynn Carter May is Older Americans Month, and as a care provider for an extraordinary senior—who is a former IHSS caregiver herself—I want to take this time to recognize her. I met Ms. Ethel twenty years ago in my hair salon. At the time, she was still caring for seniors around our community. Ms. Ethel always took so much pride in […]

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Billionaire-backed Harris vs. Quinn hurts homecare

Billionaire-backed Harris vs. Quinn hurts homecare

By Jose Cartagena, caregiver, San Diego County The billionaires behind the court case Harris vs. Quinn hope it will weaken unions, but there is much more at stake if they succeed in taking away our rights. What some people don’t seem to realize is that this will hurt us—caregivers and clients like me and my mom—the most. Diminishing the collective voice of homecare workers hurts our ability to stand up for our loved ones. I take care of my 80-year-old mother who is a breast cancer survivor. Before getting active in our union, I felt like I was on my […]

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