📰 Guinn Report: Helping Hands: An Assessment of the Personal Care Aide Workforce in Nevada

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2020年9月2日

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爱德华•韦伯斯特 twebster@chung-kee.com,

豪尔赫·查韦斯 豪尔赫.chavez@seiu.org,

体育外围下载 care workers agree with new Guinn Center report: Dire crisis is hurting Nevada’s seniors, people with disabilities and workers alike, 造成危险的护理短缺

拉斯维加斯,内华达州.  —  体育外围下载 care workers in Nevada are calling attention to a 吉恩中心周二发布了一份报告 showing the alarming home care crisis and workforce shortage in the state, which is affecting seniors and people with disabilities who rely on home care services, and the workers who provide those services.

Nevada currently has approximately 13,000 home care workers, but demand is growing rapidly. By 2026, the state will need 5,300 additional workers. 平均每小时工资11美元.07 and lack of basic 好处 like affordable healthcare, 带薪病假和培训, it’s getting harder for Nevada to attract workers. 

The demand for home care is skyrocketing, but the current system is not meeting the needs of seniors or workers. 他们正在努力寻找可靠的人, 护理质量, and we can’t even care for our own families because wages are too low and we get no 好处, sick leave or even basic protections like PPE”, 说Rozetta爱, 54, who has worked as a home care provider in Las Vegas for 10 years. 

多年来, 内华达州的家庭护理工作者一直在寻找修复该州支离破碎的家庭护理系统的方法:呼吁提高工资, basic 好处 like affordable healthcare, 病假和更好的培训. 总部位于内华达州的两党研究中心的这份报告显示了这场危机的紧迫性——在COVID-19大流行期间变得更加严重——以及内华达州当选的领导人必须挺身而出,与工人和家庭护理机构坐在一起,解决这些问题. 

We are out here as caregivers every day by ourselves expected to provide the best care, but no one is making sure we have the training and tools we need to deliver 护理质量. There is something wrong with a state-funded system that can’t provide the needed 设备, supplies and training to protect us and the thousands of Nevadans who rely on us every day,克里斯蒂娜·马尔多纳多说, 51, 做了十年的家庭护理员. 

COVID-19大流行还暴露出家庭护理人员每天面临的保护措施严重不足——从缺乏个人防护设备到病假. 

“提供安全, high 护理质量 is my top priority every day — not just during public health emergencies. My clients count on me for their most basic needs, 但我们经常面临一个非常艰难的选择:带着病去上班,让我们脆弱的客户面临风险——或者请一天无薪假,Kismet Evans说, who is 59 and  has been providing home care services in Las Vegas since 2016

报告强调了误入歧途的政治决策如何对老年人和工人产生毁灭性的影响. 将医疗补助家庭护理报销率削减到17年来的最低水平,迫使家庭护理提供者离开,迫使老年人去昂贵的养老院, which ends up costing the state a lot more money. 最新的医疗补助计划报销率的削减意味着内华达州的消费者将更难找到他们需要的家庭护理服务,布莱恩·谢泼德说, SEIU Local 1107的参谋长. “我们一次又一次地从消费者和他们的家人那里听到,他们更喜欢居家护理,而不是去养老院. With nursing homes stretched to the limit and a major source of concern due to COVID outbreaks, 为什么政府要让消费者更难得到他们需要的家庭护理,让工人更难留在这个行业? 在预算和公共卫生危机的情况下,把人们推到昂贵的养老院是毫无意义的.” 

工人们希望这份报告将向内华达州领导人表明,迫切需要解决我们家庭护理系统的严峻形势. 表彰这些照顾者的辛勤工作和坚持不懈,为老年人和残疾人争取优质护理,这只是第一步. That’s why the Clark County Board of Commissioners will proclaim Friday, 9月4日, 2020年是家庭照顾日. 

“自从COVID-19出现以来, 每次我打开电视时,总会有人提醒我,我们所做的工作并不像其他医疗保健和一线工作人员所做的那样得到认可. That’s why I hope 体育外围下载 Care Day will be the first step to recognize and value our hard work. 我们应该得到一份可以维持生活的工资, 保护和培训,以便我们能够继续为内华达州的老年人和残疾人提供高质量的护理,特雷西·理查兹说, 41, a Las Vegas home care worker for 15 years.  

报告的 主要结论:  

  • 体育外围下载 healthcare in Nevada faces a growing crisis. After two decades of conservative Republicans in Carson City opposing Medicaid, 削减医疗资金,忽视我们最脆弱的公民和最低工资工人的需求, 内华达州在满足未来需求方面面临危机:该州在家庭护理方面的投资不足将导致更昂贵的替代选择,如养老院. 这是大多数消费者都不希望看到的,而且它将给加州本已不堪重负的预算带来更大的压力. Nevada’s new political leaders must step in soon to turn things around.   
  • Nevada caregivers work too hard for too little. 平均每小时工资为11美元.内华达州的家庭护理人员每小时花费7美元,低于全国平均水平,也远低于在大拉斯维加斯地区居住的工人的实际花费. 以跟上实际成本, home care workers would need to work more than 56 hours per week or earn at least $15.每小时58. 机构为员工安排的工作时间太少,大多数员工得不到医疗保健或其他福利. 在内华达州,近五分之一的看护者没有医疗保险,近三分之一的人自己在享受医疗补助. 
  • 这是17年来家庭护理资金的最低值. 在大流行和经济衰退期间,更多的内华达州人需要家庭医疗服务, 家庭护理的州医疗补助计划报销率已降至17年来的最低点. 这意味着成千上万的消费者很难找到照顾者在家里提供个人护理服务. 新降低的价格是16美元.52 per hour is the lowest Medicaid rate for personal care services in Nevada since 2003. If the home care rate had merely kept pace with inflation, it would be at nearly $23.现在每小时81人. 这种低医疗补助比率也导致Addus家庭护理公司——美国最大的家庭护理提供商之一——离开内华达州. 
  • Training and safety standards are not consistently enforced. Without consistent enforcement of training and safety standards, home care agencies in Nevada can cut corners and find ways to avoid regulation and oversight. 在冠状病毒大流行期间,这可能会导致工人和消费者面临特别危险的情况. Many Nevada home care workers are forced to pay out of their own pockets for supplies, 设备, registration and training and are not receiving the training they need on a timely basis. Agencies are not required to provide personal protective 设备 (PPE) for workers. Workers cannot easily be tested for COVID-19 and do not receive paid time off. 事实上, workers interviewed in Guinn Center focus groups described the annual training as “useless”, reported being shown the same video year after year, and every participant said they paid $45 annually out of pocket for the training.   
  • A major caregiving workforce shortage is coming in Nevada. 自2010年以来, 内华达州家庭护理人员的数量几乎增加了两倍,但仍然出现了严重的护理人员短缺. 内华达州是美国人口增长最快的州之一,退休人员数量也在迅速增长. 由于工资低,福利少,鼓励新工人加入这一领域,目前有中年家庭护工人口, 如果内华达州领导人不尽快采取果断行动,未来几年,内华达州可能会面临家庭护理服务的严重短缺.

注意: If you are interested in additional interviews with workers, please contact 爱德华•韦伯斯特 or Jorge Chavez.

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团结在SEIU Local 1107的劳动人民支持2020年的候选人,这些候选人捍卫经济和种族正义,也承诺为每一个劳动人民都有机会加入工会敞开大门, 无论他们在哪里工作. SEIU Local 1107代表19,000 workers in the healthcare and public sector across the entire state. 在一起, 体育外围下载 Local 1107 members fight for better wages, 好处, social justice and a better quality of life for all working Nevadans.

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