Quality Care @ Home

Victory for Quality Care @ Home
Home Care workers - Feb. 25, 2014The County of Santa Clara and its In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) workforce have reached a tentative agreement that will strengthen the program by investing in additional training for providers as well as more community outreach to increase public awareness about long-term care.

Click here for the tentative agreement voting schedule

FB-HC-7in10lgtc-wAll of us will grow old. But many of us will not be able to afford long-term care should we develop a disability or require a little day-to-day help.

It’s time to put our Community First. It’s time to take care of the people who take care of us. Now is the time for Santa Clara County to invest in Quality Care @ Home.

It’s About Our Future!

Support Quality Care @ Home Now!

QC-at-H-heartShow your support with our home care workers:

Did you see our full page ad in the San Jose Mercury News on Jan. 28? (PDF)

Watch the video of Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager, who recently visited Roberto Mata to see first-hand how In-Home Supportive Services helps families.

“Without any doubt, Robert needs as much 24-hour care as he can receive. How much better of a quality of life for him and his family to be here rather than some sort of institutional care which can be quite depressing and debilitating.”

– Ken Yeager, Santa Clara County Supervisor with client Roberto Mata.

Roberto Mata was left quadriplegic in an accident while a student at Stanford University.

The work of In-Home Supportive Services providers is not very visible to the public, but home care workers take care of some of Santa Clara County’s most vulnerable residents, senior citizens and people with disabilities. With an aging population and a growing need, Santa Clara must do more to invest in professional, personalized Quality Care @Home.

The state’s population is aging and the need for in-home care will only grow in the future. Today, Santa Clara County has about 200,000 individuals who are over 65 years old. By 2030, that’s going to double to be more than 1 in 5 residents. Santa Clara County has identified transportation and home health to be two of the most pressing needs for this segment of the population.

In the Media:
County homecare workers continue to campaign for a living wage, El Observador, Feb. 7, 2014

Home Care Community Heroes flier Mary Castelo & Bobby TalamentezHome care workers help clients like Bobby to live independently and with dignity at home; yet workers like Mary earn 65 percent below the living wage in one of the most expensive area in the country.

“When the economy was in bad shape a few years back, the county came to us and said you needed our help… We started contributing more toward our health care costs. We accepted a salary cut. This from a group of workers who are among the lowest paid in the county. But now, the economy is improving and other county workforces have been able to see their contracts reflect economic improvements. We are here to ask you: Are home care workers different than other county workers?”
— Fred Wikkeling, a home care provider who takes care of his elderly mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s.

“The county needs to put the community first and support its home care program to ensure the most vulnerable population receives quality care at home.”
— Yong Soung, who provides care for her niece with disabilities.

Box SCIHSS-BOS-20140204Quality Care @ Home Gains Momentum in Santa Clara County
Hundreds of home care workers jammed  the chambers of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Feb. 4, one more escalation in a series of protests that have become a regular feature at the board meetings.

Their message remains the same:  Our community needs a stronger IHSS system and workers need  a fair contract and better pay.


Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese addresses protesters at the January 27 sit-in.Santa Clara County home care take-over
On Jan. 27, home care workers and clients took over the 10th floor of 70 West Hedding, where the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has its offices. The protesters held a sit-in against the county’s lack of investment in the In-Home Supportive Service program, and the low wages paid to its workers.

SC-IHSS-BOS-20140114-001March for living wage
Our home care workers filled the chambers at the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Jan. 14. We’re asking Santa Clara to put Community First and invest in Quality Care @ Home.

“Quality Care @ Home” Holiday Action
Home care holiday actionBright and early on Dec. 17, 2013 more than 100 home care workers, and their friends and families, converged on the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors’ meeting to sing a Christmas carol calling for fair wages and compensation.

Home Care workers hold candlelight vigil for Quality Care @ Home
IHSS-Vigil-20131211-004In-Home Supportive Services providers held a candlelight vigil at county headquarters on Dec. 11, 2013 in San Jose to call on the county to support home care workers and their efforts to provide Quality Care @ Home.

Appreciate home care workers; Pay them a livable wage
Home care workers at BOSMore than 100 In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) workers called on Santa Clara County’s Board of Supervisors on Nov. 5, 2013 to spend time with a home care worker this month – which is National Home Care Provider Appreciation Month.

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