I am a home care worker in Corvallis. I am doing this work because I really want to help my clients, and take some of the pressure off the family trying to care for their loved one. The work I do is very important to those people, and I do it in spite of the low pay, no benefits, and lack of status for the work I do.
Oregon’s seniors and other people with disabilities deserve quality, affordable home care, which has been proven to have better outcomes and lower costs than institutions. This means having well trained staff to protect both the client and the worker from injury.
Most companies require continuing education every year; however, training quality varies greatly and private home care agencies should provide training that meets at least basic standards required by the state of Oregon for Medicare and Medicaid clients. Oregon needs to enact Senate Bill 669 and provide basic standards, a level playing field for all companies, accountability, and transparency to the public. Please write your Oregon legislators and urge them to pass SB 669.
Corvallis (April 6)