On April 25th, in-home caregivers and their consumers went to the State capital to testify on the need for a better In-home Supportive Services (IHSS) system in California. A few of our own ULTCW members were able to share their stories with the Senate Healthcare sub-committee, where the bill currently resides.
Wednesday’s testimonies are a part of our effort to pass the Let’s Get Healthy at Home legislation that will create a future for long-term care in California. The bill is in its early stages but as ULTCW Member, Arminda Sanchez, stated,
“I went to Sacramento today to put a face to the legislation. My daughter, Margarita Sanchez suffers from epilepsy and mental retardation and without me by her side she wouldn’t be able to continue living at home. I am her primary source of care and I wanted legislators to understand that.”
One of the key elements in the new bill is giving California in-home care providers direct access to the doctors and specialists that their clients see; making in-home care providers a part of a consumer’s total healthcare team. Doing this ensures better safety with medication distribution and more communication on the overall improvements, or deterioration, in the consumer’s health. The Let’s Get Healthy at Home bill is expected to be considered by the State Legislature on June 30th of this year.
The legislation also calls for a permanent solution to funding the IHSS program throughout the state. This bill will be a huge win for so many of our state’s elderly and disabled residents who rely on in-home services to stay healthy and live independently at home. The in-home supportive services program already saves the state money by keeping people out of more expensive nursing and convalescent homes.
With California’s aging population, set to double over the next 10 years, it is even more important that legislation that protects our elders is passed today. Together we can win a future for long-term care in California.
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