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My client has schizophrenia and he deserves dignity, too

My client has schizophrenia and he deserves dignity, too

May is Mental Health Awareness month. Why? Because in this country, nearly 44 million adults experience mental illness every year. It’s important for homecare providers to learn about mental illness because it can affect our clients, our families, and even ourselves. My name is Ricardo Vasquez, and I am originally from El Salvador. I moved to Los Angeles 30 years ago, and began working in the dry-cleaning business there as a silk-presser. I eventually moved to San Diego, and in 2001, I became an IHSS provider. Mental illness became a part of my life when last year, I became the […]

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Make the most of your low-cost dental benefits

Make the most of your low-cost dental benefits

Did you know that UDW members have access to a low-cost dental plan through Dental Health Services? Learn how to make the most of your dental benefits by reading the articles below! Haven’t signed up to be a UDW member yet and want access to dental care for as low as $18/month? Sign up to be a member now.

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New (free!) wellness classes for IHSS providers

New (free!) wellness classes for IHSS providers

Take care of yourself so you can care for your family and client UDW and the California Independent Providers Training Center (CAIPTC) have joined forces to help UDW members in Orange, Riverside, and San Diego County lead happier and healthier lives. In partnership with our health provider Kaiser, members in these counties now have access to free wellness classes. We spend our days providing paramedical care, bathing and transporting clients to various doctors’ appointments, cooking and cleaning, and so much more. Our work is difficult and stressful, and we may sometimes forget to look after ourselves. But as homecare providers, […]

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IHSS providers to lawmakers: End the 7% cut, and restore homecare now

IHSS providers to lawmakers: End the 7% cut, and restore homecare now

May 14, 2015 On May 14, Governor Jerry Brown released a revised version of his proposed 2015-16 state budget. Like his January proposal, the budget outlines a way to end to the 7% cut to IHSS hours starting on July 1, 2015, but our work is far from done. Lawmakers still need to pass a budget that restores the hours, and we will also be working to make sure this restoration is permanent. With the state’s multibillion dollar surplus, we have the ability to end this cut that has hurt California’s elderly, the sick, and children and adults with disabilities […]

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UDW and CAIPTC team up to help San Diego families in need

UDW and CAIPTC team up to help San Diego families in need

Last year, UDW and the California Independent Providers Training Center (CAIPTC) started Food for Families, a monthly food drive to provide food to UDW members and other residents of San Diego County. “Food for Families is part of UDW’s commitment to community engagement,” said UDW Executive Director Doug Moore. “Helping homecare providers and local families is what our union is all about.” The goal of Food for Families is to provide those in need with a bag of nutritious food for themselves and their loved ones. The bags include non-perishable items such as canned fruits and vegetables, rice, beans, and […]

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