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Without Social Security, I may never be able to retire

Without Social Security, I may never be able to retire

My 39-year-old son Jacob was born with a brainstem defect. He relies on me 24/7 to provide for all of his needs, including bathing, preparing his meals, paramedical care, and exercise. My home care wages are the primary source of income in our home when my husband has trouble getting landscaping work. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work as Jacob’s home care provider, but I’m frustrated that my work is not taken seriously. Exclusion from Social Security and Medicare is going to hurt my family. At some point, I may not be able to care for Jacob any longer, […]

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Honoring older Americans in May and everyday

Honoring older Americans in May and everyday

May is Older Americans Month, and at 73-years-old, my mother is part of one of this country’s greatest—and largest—generations. In his Older Americans Month proclamation this year, President Obama reminded us that “within the next 13 years, more than one in five Americans will be of retirement age, and our nation must make it a priority to ensure they are able to retire and live with dignity and respect.” More and more ‘Baby Boomers’ are retiring every day. And as they live longer, many will choose to age in their homes with the assistance of in-home caregivers like us. In […]

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UDW Advocacy Council helps family win more IHSS hours, back pay, and peace of mind

UDW Advocacy Council helps family win more IHSS hours, back pay, and peace of mind

You never know when your life will change. Before my son was born with Down syndrome, I worked in phone sales and my husband had a successful career. We were comfortably able to provide for our family. Fast forward two decades. My son is 22-years-old now, and I work as his full-time caregiver through IHSS. I have no regrets, because like any parent, doing whatever it takes to keep our son happy, healthy, and safe is my first priority. But life is complicated. Now, my husband Emad is no longer able to work because of severe back injuries that cause […]

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Merced County homecare provider and client win hundreds of additional IHSS hours with the help of UDW Advocacy Council

Merced County homecare provider and client win hundreds of additional IHSS hours with the help of UDW Advocacy Council

My name is Vera Galinha, and I’m an IHSS homecare provider for my partner in Los Banos, CA. I’ve been with my partner since I was 17, and we have three beautiful children together. About nine years ago he began to show signs of paranoid schizophrenia, and once he was diagnosed, I transitioned into the role of homecare provider. It has taken years to adjust to his condition, and I learn more every day. I gave up my work in the medical and dental insurance field to become his full-time caregiver. And I know that homecare is the answer for […]

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From fast food to homecare worker, and still fighting for a living wage

From fast food to homecare worker, and still fighting for a living wage

My name is Victoria Lara, and I have been a homecare provider in Chula Vista for three years. Before I became an in-home care provider, I was a fast food worker. I changed professions when my neighbor asked me to be her caregiver. I love my job, because I’m a people person and I love to help people, but I struggle to make ends meet making poverty wages. When I was a fast food worker, I was underpaid and overworked by my employer. And I believe my employer took advantage of how badly my coworkers and I needed our jobs. […]

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