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.
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.”