Metres Huddleston—Merced Sun-Star, November 18, 2013
Sooner or later we will all need to think about long-term care, whether for ourselves or for a loved one. As the baby boomer generation ages, home care is becoming the fastest-growing occupation in America. Caregivers have a tough and invaluable job taking care of our country’s most vulnerable citizens, and here in Merced they don’t make much more than minimum wage. Right now, Merced County has an opportunity to invest in a long-term care program that is vital to our community, a program that helps thousands of our elderly and disabled family members and neighbors survive. It’s called In Home Supportive Services (IHSS), and it’s a program we built together to make sure that people like me can live with dignity in our homes and communities. I’ve lived in Merced for 66 years. I helped raise four wonderful sons, and I now have 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Read more
by Lee Saunders | November 05, 2013
The rollout was a disaster. A website that was supposed to make health insurance reform a reality still wasn’t ready for use a month after the official kick-off. White House officials announced delays. Even after it went online, the website was cumbersome to navigate and riddled with problems.
The year was 2005, and the Bush administration had a mess on its hands trying to roll out the President’s signature reform initiative, Medicare Part D. Read the rest of this entry »
LA Times Editorial Board, August 2, 2013
Personal-care aides who help cook, clean and bathe the elderly and disabled often labor in conditions that would not be tolerated in any other industry.
In the next two decades about 78 million baby boomers in the U.S. will turn 65. As they age, a portion of them will be cared for by their families, and others will no doubt enter facilities for the elderly. But many will rely on a growing cadre of domestic in-home workers. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the demand for the kind of personal-care aides who can help cook, clean and bathe the elderly and disabled is expected to grow by 70% from 2010 to 2020. Read more
Letter to the Editor by Eddie Padilla, Merced Sun Star, 7/30/13
I support the United Domestic Workers in their struggle to get more of a living wage…. There’s a group of people who do one hell of a job taking care of the young and the not so young that need assistance to get through their day. Read more
“As the mother of a young man who was born with a disability, I am proud of what our country has achieved through the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 that broadened protections for disabled workers. They have made an important difference in the lives of millions of people and their caregivers.
We also believe that home care providers – those who care for individuals with disabilities – should have basic protections that guarantee their dignity and fair treatment in the workplace…” Read More