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Demand an End to Washington DC’s Long-Term Care Crisis

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All seniors deserve to age with dignity at home, if they choose. As Washington DC residents age, the need for home care workers who can help seniors live independently is increasing every day.

Distressingly, corruption and low pay for home care workers often prevents seniors from getting this care. I should know: 22 years ago, my wife, Lois Cunningham, was diagnosed with dementia, and we sought services. My wife is the love of my life, and I couldn’t bear the thought of our being separated. It was important to both of us that she stay at home so we could be by each other’s side.

Our home care provider, Eula Sheffey, has been a godsend. She came into our lives to provide critical services including medication reminders, bathing, and meal preparation, and over time has become almost a member of our family. She shows up every day, fully committed to my wife’s care, which means we can stay together. For that alone, we owe her immeasurable thanks.

But recently – in the absence of clear guidelines by an under-funded care system – our case worker, the agency, and our primary care doctor had me running in circles to get my wife re-certified for care. The result was that our services were discontinued.

Eula Sheffey continued working without pay, out of deep personal commitment to her work—but I know she made deep sacrifices and is really struggling. The fact is that she shouldn’t have had to do this work for little or no pay. No one should.

But they do, DC home care workers are paid so little that we have a massive shortage of the people who can keep doing this tough job. According to the Fight for $15, there is only one provider for every 5 DC seniors who need home care.

With the health and well-being of seniors and people with disabilities on the line, we can’t stand by and allow this waste, negligence and deceit to continue.

It is time DC elected officials take responsibility for the city’s long-term care crisis and work with the community to end the fraud and abuse hurting workers, clients and taxpayers.

Join me in calling on DC elected leaders to:

·         Disqualify law-breaking agencies from receiving taxpayer dollars;

·         Protect home care workers from wage theft; and

·         Give home care workers, clients and families a voice 

 



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