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California Fights Back Against IHSS Cuts

caregiver advocateOn June 11th nearly 1,000 advocates gathered at the Capitol in downtown Sacramento, yet again, to deliver 75,000 petitions asking lawmakers to reject a proposal to cut spending on In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), which provide care for low-income individuals who are ill or disabled. Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget plan calls for cutting $223.5 million from IHSS by eliminating domestic assistance for beneficiaries in shared living environments and reducing worker payments by 7 percent.

Ten passionate petitioners were arrested for locking arms and refusing to move from the entrance to Brown’s office. Hundreds of supporters chanted and sang as the arrested individuals were led away. Why such a strong display in reaction to the proposed budget cuts? And how can ClearCare’s home care software and home care system help?

“I’m sick and tired of having to be here every year,” Doug Moore, executive director of the UDW Homecare Providers Union explains, “but I’m not too sick and tired to fight back.” Moore added that money IHSS saves a family can amount to as much as $4200 a month. With the help of IHSS, more families are able to take advantage of home care, as well as home care software such as ClearCare. The home care system ClearCare offers is an excellent way for struggling families to provide quality care while still having time to work secularly.

Tammy Stiles of Ukiah - among the ten people arrested – says that she was there to protest proposed cuts to the program that allow her to care for her husband who suffers from Lou Gehrig’s Disease. “I’m here to tell them no more cuts,” Stiles remarked, adding, “Stop taking from our tables, stop taking from our families.” No doubt Stiles would benefit from additional funds – certainly not less. Families like this are exactly the type that ClearCare aims to help with a reliable home care system and home care software program. Home care allows individuals to receive care in a dignified way, maintain their independence, and enjoy a better quality of life.

According to Scott Mann, spokesperson for the Services Employees International Union, United Long Term Care Workers in San Bernardino, not only will IHSS workers experience pay cuts, the reduction in hours will also mean some seniors will not be able to live at home. If the proposed budget cuts aren’t stopped, Mann fears that many elderly ones will be facing forced institutionalized care.

In an effort to get their message across, campaigner swarmed the Capitol with petitions in envelopes marked “Home Care Saves Lives & Saves Money.” ClearCare is also able to support such a claim with its remarkable home care software and home care system. Caregivers that utilize ClearCare’s home care software are more organized, understand detailed daily care plans better and provide more reliable care. Using a home care system to manage schedules and care plans promote more effective communication and care coordination.

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