Caregivers with the County’s In-Home Care Program say this year’s budget fails to address the needs of all San Bernardino County Residents
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SAN BERNARDINO — Today, SEIU Local 2015 Executive Vice President Kim Evon, released the following statement after the San Bernardino County released its 2020-2021 budget with no new resources to the county’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program that over 30,000 low-income seniors and people with disabilities depend on to receive care at home:
“The county’s budget is a testament to the lack of respect we’ve been hearing and seeing from the County Board of Supervisors to the seniors and people with disabilities of this community, and their caregivers.”
“The fact is that the average turnover rate for caregivers is 33% and the lives of our seniors and people with disabilities are endangered when we fail to provide wages that allow caregivers to live and thrive. The county must do more to support the in-home care our vulnerable populations need to survive and a first step is livable wages that will attract and retain the workforce needed to do the job.”
“The County Board of Supervisors has once again decided to turn their backs on our seniors, people with disabilities, and caregivers by not allocating resources to the IHSS Program. This budget fails to address the needs of all San Bernardino County residents and it is a disservice to the constituents who expect their leadership to plan ahead.”
“We will continue to raise awareness to the importance of the IHSS Program because the care and support our seniors and people with disabilities need is not something that can continue to be ignored.”
The IHSS Program allows seniors and people with disabilities to receive care in their own homes and support services such as: grooming, cleaning feeding and breathing tubes, trips to doctor’s appointments, administering medications, and running errands and buying groceries.
Workers and community advocates are fighting for livable wages and benefits for IHSS caregivers so that they will be able to make ends meet and continue doing the work that the county’s seniors and people with disabilities depend on them to survive.
Representing over 385,000 home care, skilled nursing facility, and assisted living center workers, SEIU Local 2015 is the largest Local in California.
Our members represent every race, every faith, and every ethnicity but are united in their commitment to caring for California’s most vulnerable; seniors and the disabled.
It is our mission to unleash the collective power of long term care workers, their families, and their communities; harness the power of technology;
and, build a broad movement to disrupt the unjust status quo in order to bring lasting transformational change towards a more just society for all.