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

 

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