Caring Across Generations Town Hall brings together care workers, care clients, and advocates from across the country to discuss solutions to the looming care crisis
Caring Across Generations (CAG) hosted a national legislative town hall meeting yesterday in Washington D.C., featuring personal testimony from seniors, people with disabilities, direct care workers and consumers who shared their personal stories about legislative solutions to the country’s current long term care crisis.
“Every 8 seconds another American turns 65 in this country, the Baby Boom generation age wave is here, and we are not ready for it,” says Ai-jen Poo, co-director of Caring Across Generations. “But in this massive challenge, there is a huge opportunity for us as a country, to create at least 2 million good jobs to meet the growing need for in home care. We will discuss how we are going to make this happen, and hear from those directly impacted at our national town hall.”
Grassroots leaders from all over the country were present to ask Congress to protect the programs that are currently in place, and to create programs to restructure our economy and solve the current care crisis. This legislative town hall meeting was a follow-up to the May 14th Caring Across Generations briefing and provided an opportunity for open and honest dialogue about the affordability and availability of long-term care, and retirement security.
“We need laws to regulate the home care industry and ensure that workers in home care have the same rights and protections as other workers,” said Myrla Baldonado, a caregiver in the private homes of seniors in a Chicago suburb for the last five years and member of National Domestic Workers Alliance. “We should be able to form our own union and become members to negotiate for better treatment by the agencies and families that employ us. Working in a private space without a contract that carries protection of caregiver’s rights subjects us to the whims and caprices of the client and their family members.”
“Caring across generations is so important because it would strengthen and stabilize the industry by developing a pathway to citizenship and provide basic workplace protections like other workers have now,” said Nikki Brown-Booker, a Bay Area member leader of Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Association. “All of these things would ensure that I, and other persons with a disability and seniors would receive the support and services that they need to be treated with respect and dignity.”
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About Caring Across Generations
Caring Across Generations is a campaign dedicated to transforming long-term care to ensure quality care and support and a dignified quality of life for all Americans. By transforming long-term care, our goal is to improve access to, and the affordability of, care and support services while creating new, quality jobs in home care.