DON’T FORGET TO JOIN THE RESPECT AND MORE RALLY

Wednesday, March 8th at 11 AM at the Schmidt-Jones Family Life Center, Great Hall (2nd floor), 1300 Lavaca (NW corner of 13th and Lavaca), Austin TX 78701 for Lunch and the Legislative Briefing from 11 AM to 12:30 PM with a 1pm March. 

Your organization can sign organizational letter of support too!  Go here for a sample letter.  Send a copy to Cathy Cranston and she will make sure it gets to all who need to read it!

Final 2017 Respect and MORE Attendant Rally Press release

RALLY FOR WOMEN (and everyone else too) AND COMMUNITY ATTENDANT SERVICES

March 8 is international women’s day, and it’s also the day for the ADAPT – PACT RALLY FOR RESPECT AND MORE!  Come join us.

LONG TERM CARE, ATTENDANT SERVICES and WOMEN

Over 68% of the 1.4 million people in nursing homes in the US are women.

 Nationally 65% of people receiving services and supports are women.

 Over 89% of paid workers in nursing homes and community based services are women.

The majority of Medicaid funded workers earn at least $2 less per hour than fast food or gas station workers.

Nationally over 60% of the 40 million unpaid family caregivers are women, 72% here in Texas.

Over 40 million households, 1 in 5, provide unpaid attendant services for friends or family.

·       Over 4.1 million of these households do over 40 hours of services per week.

·       Another 1.6 million of these households do over 20 hours of services per week.

·     Over 64% of these families work full or part time; over half of them had to adjust their work schedules to do so.

Free our grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters, wives, girlfriends, daughters, nieces, daughters-in-law, granddaughters…

“Who lives in a nursing home?  She is over 60, with disabilities.  Who is paid to provide long term services?  She works for minimum wages with no benefits.  She is more often a woman of color, and she is getting older and older, getting disabilities of her own.  Who performs this work unpaid?  She is young – she cares for her mother, her father, an older family member, a disabled child.  Or, she is old herself and cares for a spouse, a sibling, a child, perhaps still cares for a parent.

One of these women will be you.”

Stephanie Thomas