Every day, 500,000 home care workers provide care to roughly one million California seniors and people with disabilities. This care keeps our most vulnerable safe, especially during this pandemic.
However, this vital care and these essential caregivers are now being put at risk.
Throughout this unprecedented time, we’ve hailed this care and those who provide it as essential to protecting those most at risk from COVID-19. Yet, on Wednesday, Governor Newsom announced a trigger cut to home care hours as part of his newest budget. This cut could not be more shortsighted. It puts the state’s coffers above protection of our loved ones.
But these cuts aren’t the only thing putting Californians at risk. Even today, the vast majority of care givers still lack the personal protective equipment (PPE) required to safely do their jobs.
While the Governor has taken action to acquire PPE, too much of it remains in boxes in warehouses instead of with those who need it most. Newsom must direct the California Department of Public Health to adjust its guidelines for distribution NOW — releasing the stockpiled PPE vital to keeping care givers and our love ones safe.
Join us and tell Governor Newsom to protect care and the essential frontline workers who provide it.