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We are hard at work to make sure that the issues that matter to caregivers and our families are covered in the media. This page will be updated frequently to include links, videos, and news articles that highlight caregivers and our clients and cover the issues that impact homecare in California.

More Than A Job: Home Care For A Mom With Alzheimer’s Disease

More Than A Job: Home Care For A Mom With Alzheimer's Disease

Franziska Monahan, heard on All Things Considered, March 18 2018 Celina Raddatz quit her job at a nursing home in 2014 when she realized she would have to take care of her mother full-time. Raddatz’s mother, Guadalupe Pena Villegas, 83, suffers from Alzheimer’s and bipolar disorder, a combination that sometimes makes her a danger to herself and others, and thus requires her to be supervised 24 hours a day. Raddatz and one of her sisters, Rosalia Lizarraga, 61, had been caring for their mother together. But as the Alzheimer’s progressed, the task became too stressful for Lizarraga. The full responsibility fell […]

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This is Our Fight—I AM 2018: Celebrating Black History Month in advance of the 50th Anniversary of MLK’s Assassination

This is Our Fight—I AM 2018: Celebrating Black History Month in advance of the 50th Anniversary of MLK’s Assassination

Stephanie Williams, Black Voice News, February 6 2018 On April 3, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. joined Black sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee as they rallied for fair pay, better working conditions, justice and equality. The night before his second attempt to lead a march in support of the striking workers he said, “I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man.” Now—it’s our turn.  This month, citizens of all races across the inland region join fellow Americans in marking the contributions, sacrifices, and accomplishments of this country’s citizens of African descent. Black history reflections would be incomplete, […]

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Unions bring freedom to workers

Unions bring freedom to workers

Linda Rodriguez, The OC Register, October 18th 2017   An out-of-state organization called the Freedom Foundation is targeting workers in Orange County, including low-wage caregivers like me. They claim to help caregivers by educating us about our rights, but their true agenda is to gut unions and rollback basic worker protections. I have been caring for my 24-year-old daughter through the state’s In-Home Supportive Services program since 2011. My daughter is quadriplegic and lives with cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Thanks to IHSS I was able to quit my job — though I took a cut in pay — to give […]

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Slashing Medicaid will destroy lives like this one in Stanislaus County

Slashing Medicaid will destroy lives like this one in Stanislaus County

Elissa McBride, ModBee, August 3 Two weeks before the car accident that changed her life, 32-year-old Helena Cardona of Newman had been promoted to supervisor at her job as a fork-lift operator. She was a workaholic, often taking 12- or even 15-hour shifts. She loved to bowl and play softball. But when the driver of a truck ran a stop sign and hit her car, Elena’s spine was severed. She’s paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair with no hope of walking again. The workaholic can’t work. She can’t play softball. She struggles with tasks that used […]

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With Medicaid and Health Care Under Attack, Home Care for the Aging Faces Crisis

Michelle Chen, Truthout, June 2, 2017 Many will take to the streets to protest Trump’s budget proposal this summer, which threatens to slash everything from solar panels to school lunches, but the deepest cuts will be felt deep in our neighborhoods — in the living rooms of aging grandparents and neighbors using wheelchairs, for whom chronic everyday struggles are about to spiral into an acute crisis. Seniors and people with disabilities are two fast-growing but often overlooked groups that are facing an economic cliff if Trump and Republicans push through plans to gut Medicaid. Health care for the most vulnerable […]

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