In-Home Caregivers Struggle To Make Ends Meet On San Bernardino County Wages
In-home caregivers are in the middle of a contract fight with the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. KVCR’s Benjamin Purper has more.
Victoria Ruiz is an in-home care provider for her daughter Andrea, who has cerebral palsy.
Because Andrea has seizures throughout the night, Victoria is always on call.
Ruiz: “I actually work for my daughter more than 24 hours a day because she has seizures when she’s asleep. So I have to sleep in the room with her, and when she has a seizure I have to tend to her and then take her to the restroom because she has to go to the restroom. So I’m constantly with her, 24 hours a day, and I’m not getting paid for 24 hours a day.”
Ruiz works for In-Home Supportive Services, a Medi-Cal program that provides care to elderly and disabled people. And now, the union representing IHSS workers is negotiating with San Bernardino County for higher salaries.
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