As the Home Care providers Union, we are united around quality care for Consumers and quality jobs for caregivers. Before and during this pandemic, PCAs and our Consumers have worked tirelessly to win the following: Raises implemented on July 1st, 2020: PCAs increased to $16.25; those making more received a 1.5% increase Hazard pay of 7.5%
As a disabled person who is bedridden when not in her wheelchair, Sharon Thorstenson depends on two personal care aides to see to her daily needs while keeping her safe from COVID-19. Two months ago, she lost her father to the virus which has killed 4,468 state residents since March. Thorstenson, a 55-year-old Southington resident,
Last year, I came up from Florida to visit my 85-year-old mother in Middletown and decided it was time to stay. Mom had several strokes a number of years ago. Her right side is paralyzed and she suffers from dementia, which when I visited was getting worse. She kept saying how much she missed me.
The union that represents 10,000 home health care workers recently found out that the state will no longer be distributing PPE on a biweekly basis. That means regular shipment of gloves, gowns, surgical masks and face shields will be replaced with five cloth masks per quarter. “What I had to do yesterday was actually count
Good union home care jobs must be at the center of fixing our nation’s overstretched and underfunded long-term care system and addressing the systemic racism and sexism that devalues essential home care workers. SEIU home care workers and caregiving activists across the country are taking action on Home Care Day 2020 to call on elected
Please see below the links to the health center web sites. This is the best means to access FREE testing that does not require a doctor’s order, and is available to PCAs and other community members whether symptomatic or asymptomatic. http://thecharteroak.org/covid-19/ Charter Oak Health Center – Hartford. We also continue to have a testing site adjacent
Union Home Care Workers Win 7.5% Increase in Hazard Pay All home care workers protected by District 1199’s union contract with Connecticut’s Department of Social Services and Department of Developmental Services will receive a lump sum of hazard pay in the amount of 7.5% for all hours worked in the months of April, May and
The federal government is providing payments to Medicaid providers, including PCAs, for COVID-19 related costs. This can include lost income (due to fewer hours because of COVID-related issues), new expenses for things like PPE, child care or transportation that are COVID-related–or any other costs to prevent, prepare for, or respond to COVID-19. We had expected
Broad testing of nursing home staff is considered crucial in stopping COVID. But who will pay for it?
For months, Lurlette Newell avoided hugs from her grandchildren, a heartbreaking ordeal for a woman who loves to show affection. But Newell, a certified nursing assistant at the Westside Care Center in Manchester, knew nursing homes had been hit hard by COVID-19, and she was afraid of infecting her family. “The only thing I could
All home care workers protected by District 1199’s union contract with Connecticut’s Department of Social Services and Department of Developmental Services will receive a lump sum of hazard pay in the amount of 7.5% for all hours worked in the months of April, May and June 2020. The agreement between District 1199 and the State