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PROTECT HOME CARE “We must stand together against attacks by the Freedom Foundation to keep the IHSS program alive.” IHSS provider Toni Monique Taloa, Orange County (pictured with her sister and client)

News from our union

4855 Seminole Drive San Diego, CA 92115 800-621-5016 udwa.org facebook.com/UDW twitter.com/UDWA

Fall 2016

Curb caregiver stress

HELP YOUR CLIENT GET THE IHSS HOURS THEY NEED – TURN THIS OVER!

Stop the Freedom Foundation scam.

A

n out-of-state group called the Freedom Foundation is contacting home care providers and telling them to leave our union. It won’t disclose its donors, but the Freedom Foundation is funded by billionaires who don’t support unions or workers rights.

Foundation. “Right now UDW caregivers are fighting for a living wage, better benefits, and to be treated with dignity and respect. We must stand together against attacks by the Freedom Foundation to keep the IHSS program alive.”

The truth is that the Freedom Foundation opposes raising the minimum wage, paid sick leave, and other benefits for workers. And unlike our union, the Freedom Foundation does NOT protect the rights of home care providers and clients.

The Freedom Foundation is a scam to weaken the power of home care providers and our union. We need to stand together to protect the IHSS program for our clients. You can read more at www.FreedomFoundationScam.com.

IHSS provider Toni Monique Taloa of Orange County is one of the UDW members speaking out against Freedom

If you are contacted by the Freedom Foundation to drop your union membership 3

TELL THEM NO!

HELP YOUR CLIENT GET THE IHSS HOURS THEY NEED by Editha Adams, UDW President

When Maria Fe Camacho needed help getting more hours for her 21-year-old daughter Kelly, she turned to UDW. Kelly lives with MS and other disabilities, and needs to be constantly monitored. Maria Fe knew she needed additional hours and protective supervision. I helped Maria Fe get the necessary paperwork completed, and when Kelly was denied protective supervision, helped

her appeal the decision. Not long after we submitted the appeal, Maria Fe received a phone call telling her the protective supervision was approved without going to a hearing. With the new increase in hours, Maria Fe’s husband Thomas became one of Kelly’s IHSS providers, as well. With the help of UDW, many IHSS providers like the Camacho family have received help getting their clients much-needed hours. Here are a few tips that may help you:

TIP Exercise your right to appeal. You know your client’s needs best. If you think they were assessed less hours than they need, appeal the decision.

1

TIP Get everything in writing. Get written documentation from your client’s doctor stating their needs and the type of care they require. If your client needs protective supervision, make sure that is in the documentation.

2

TIP Prepare for your hearing date. Your appeal may require a hearing. Make sure all of your documentation is in order, and prepare the points you plan to make in advance.

3

TIP Know you’re not alone. For more personalized help with your situation contact your local UDW office to get help from your Advocacy Council.

4

UDW president Editha Adams helped Maria Fe Camacho win protective supervision for her daughter.

IHSS UPDATE Laws impacting providers and clients

To read the full President’s Report, visit www.udwa.org.

FREE COLLEGE for UDW members PROTECT HOME CARE Stop the Freedom Foundation scam


CURB CAREGIVER STRESS TIPS FROM FELLOW IHSS PROVIDERS

IHSS LEGISLATIVE UPDATE In August, UDW caregivers and Executive Director Doug Moore delivered over 4,000 petitions to Governor Brown, demanding Social Security and other benefits for IHSS providers.

B

eing a home care provider is a rewarding job. As caregivers, we do work we can be proud of, in a job that benefits our families and communities. Without home care workers, many of our friends and loved ones would be uprooted from their homes and placed in institutions. But are we caring for ourselves enough? Take a second and think about the last time you did something that was just for you. According to the Office on Women’s Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, some stress can be good, because it can help us handle and conquer challenges. However, longterm stress can actually cause health problems like depression and anxiety, which can put us at a higher risk of heart disease and stroke. Susana Flint from Riverside County provides care for her 86-year-old mother Margarita, who lives with Alzheimer’s and dementia. “One moment, she

can be the sweetest person and then seconds later, she will throw something at me and start yelling from out of nowhere,” said Susana. “It’s the most devastating part of caring for her.” The unpredictable nature of her mother’s condition can be stressful for Susana, but even with limited time between caring for her mom and attending school, Susana finds time for herself. “Old movies are my favorite,” she said. “I love psychological thrillers, suspense, drama, and anything in black and white. I also love to get a pedicure in those massage chairs.” We can’t stop caring for our clients, but we can start taking care of ourselves. In fact, self-care is one of the #1 recommended ways to prevent and relieve caregiver stress. And as it turns out, UDW caregivers have tons of great self-care strategies: “When I need to relax, I enjoy bike riding, going to the mountains, and watching baseball.”

But reducing caregiver stress doesn’t stop there. Here are more tips that can improve your health and well-being:

Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment benefits

Ask for and accept help.

UDW sponsored Assembly Bill 1930 as a first step in our work to win Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment pay for spouse and parent providers. The bill would have convened an IHSS Advisory Committee to look into the economic impact life without access to these basic benefits has on providers and our families. Despite unanimous passage by the Assembly and Senate, Governor Brown vetoed AB 1930. We will continue our campaign to win security for IHSS providers.

Talk to other caregivers or form a support group. Know that you are not alone. Get organized. Some UDW caregivers put together binders for each of their clients, or keep detailed planners to help minimize stress. Make time for you – you can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first. Meditate. Some caregivers said they use meditation apps on their phone to stay centered and calm throughout the day.

Retirement savings Senate Bill 1234 would implement the Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program, giving working Californians the option to have a percentage of our wages set aside in a retirement savings account. IHSS providers were included

Get active. Get enough sleep when you can. Eat foods that sustain and nourish your body. Stay up-to-date on your own doctors’ appointments. Tell your doctor that you are a caregiver, and ask for stress relief advice. Attend a UDW membership meeting or event to meet other caregivers and share stories and tips.

Exercise has been shown to reduce stress – just ask these UDW caregivers who go for walks together by Chollas Lake in San Diego County.

– Teresa Sefried, Placer County “It’s so critical to find time – even if it means getting up early to do the activities that help me relax, or finding time to go to a bookstore, or relax in a quiet spot in my house.” – Marquita Thomas, Riverside County “I read books. I also go to the gym to work out the stress whenever I get the chance.” –Corie Crowson, Merced County, UDW District 4 Chair

Don’t forget to laugh! The Mayo Clinic says laughing not only improves your mood, but can reduce stress and even improve your immune system!

This year’s legislative session has come to a close. Here’s an update on UDW’s efforts to secure additional benefits for providers and clients.

“I’m an artist so when I have some spare time, I like to paint, sculpt, write, and play my flute to relax. It’s very helpful.” – Hazem Al-Bustani, Orange County

Celebrate YOU! November is Home Care Provider Appreciation Month

Thank you caregivers! UDW is hosting a home care provider appreciation event near you! Call your local office or our Member Benefits Center at 1-800-621-5016 for details. For a full calendar of UDW events near you, visit www.udwa.org/get-local and like us on Facebook at facebook.com/UDW.

in the bill, and we are currently waiting on eligibility determination. This bill was signed by Governor Brown, and will go into effect for workers whose employers have 100 or more employees by 2018. IHSS hours UDW successfully protected IHSS hours in this year’s budget by securing additional revenue for IHSS. Without this revenue, the hours of our clients would have been cut by 7% starting in July. We will continue to make sure IHSS hours are permanently restored. SSI/SSP grants for IHSS clients Assembly Bill 1584 would affect many of our IHSS clients, and would reinstate the annual cost of living increase for recipients of SSI/SSP grants, helping to lift them out of poverty. This bill was vetoed by Governor Brown.

FREE COLLEGE for UDW members Are you or your loved one headed to college? Check out these great members-only benefits through our parent union, AFSCME: • AFSCME Free College program: Earn an associate degree online for FREE! Open to UDW members, retirees, and our family members. Learn more at www.freecollege.afscme.org. • AFSCME Family Scholarship: High school seniors can win $2,000 towards their college education. Applicants must be the child or grandchild of a current UDW member. This year’s application deadline is December 31st. Go to www.afscme.org/ members/scholarships for more information about all of AFSCME’s scholarship programs.


CURB CAREGIVER STRESS TIPS FROM FELLOW IHSS PROVIDERS

IHSS LEGISLATIVE UPDATE In August, UDW caregivers and Executive Director Doug Moore delivered over 4,000 petitions to Governor Brown, demanding Social Security and other benefits for IHSS providers.

B

eing a home care provider is a rewarding job. As caregivers, we do work we can be proud of, in a job that benefits our families and communities. Without home care workers, many of our friends and loved ones would be uprooted from their homes and placed in institutions. But are we caring for ourselves enough? Take a second and think about the last time you did something that was just for you. According to the Office on Women’s Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, some stress can be good, because it can help us handle and conquer challenges. However, longterm stress can actually cause health problems like depression and anxiety, which can put us at a higher risk of heart disease and stroke. Susana Flint from Riverside County provides care for her 86-year-old mother Margarita, who lives with Alzheimer’s and dementia. “One moment, she

can be the sweetest person and then seconds later, she will throw something at me and start yelling from out of nowhere,” said Susana. “It’s the most devastating part of caring for her.” The unpredictable nature of her mother’s condition can be stressful for Susana, but even with limited time between caring for her mom and attending school, Susana finds time for herself. “Old movies are my favorite,” she said. “I love psychological thrillers, suspense, drama, and anything in black and white. I also love to get a pedicure in those massage chairs.” We can’t stop caring for our clients, but we can start taking care of ourselves. In fact, self-care is one of the #1 recommended ways to prevent and relieve caregiver stress. And as it turns out, UDW caregivers have tons of great self-care strategies: “When I need to relax, I enjoy bike riding, going to the mountains, and watching baseball.”

But reducing caregiver stress doesn’t stop there. Here are more tips that can improve your health and well-being:

Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment benefits

Ask for and accept help.

UDW sponsored Assembly Bill 1930 as a first step in our work to win Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment pay for spouse and parent providers. The bill would have convened an IHSS Advisory Committee to look into the economic impact life without access to these basic benefits has on providers and our families. Despite unanimous passage by the Assembly and Senate, Governor Brown vetoed AB 1930. We will continue our campaign to win security for IHSS providers.

Talk to other caregivers or form a support group. Know that you are not alone. Get organized. Some UDW caregivers put together binders for each of their clients, or keep detailed planners to help minimize stress. Make time for you – you can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first. Meditate. Some caregivers said they use meditation apps on their phone to stay centered and calm throughout the day.

Retirement savings Senate Bill 1234 would implement the Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program, giving working Californians the option to have a percentage of our wages set aside in a retirement savings account. IHSS providers were included

Get active. Get enough sleep when you can. Eat foods that sustain and nourish your body. Stay up-to-date on your own doctors’ appointments. Tell your doctor that you are a caregiver, and ask for stress relief advice. Attend a UDW membership meeting or event to meet other caregivers and share stories and tips.

Exercise has been shown to reduce stress – just ask these UDW caregivers who go for walks together by Chollas Lake in San Diego County.

– Teresa Sefried, Placer County “It’s so critical to find time – even if it means getting up early to do the activities that help me relax, or finding time to go to a bookstore, or relax in a quiet spot in my house.” – Marquita Thomas, Riverside County “I read books. I also go to the gym to work out the stress whenever I get the chance.” –Corie Crowson, Merced County, UDW District 4 Chair

Don’t forget to laugh! The Mayo Clinic says laughing not only improves your mood, but can reduce stress and even improve your immune system!

This year’s legislative session has come to a close. Here’s an update on UDW’s efforts to secure additional benefits for providers and clients.

“I’m an artist so when I have some spare time, I like to paint, sculpt, write, and play my flute to relax. It’s very helpful.” – Hazem Al-Bustani, Orange County

Celebrate YOU! November is Home Care Provider Appreciation Month

Thank you caregivers! UDW is hosting a home care provider appreciation event near you! Call your local office or our Member Benefits Center at 1-800-621-5016 for details. For a full calendar of UDW events near you, visit www.udwa.org/get-local and like us on Facebook at facebook.com/UDW.

in the bill, and we are currently waiting on eligibility determination. This bill was signed by Governor Brown, and will go into effect for workers whose employers have 100 or more employees by 2018. IHSS hours UDW successfully protected IHSS hours in this year’s budget by securing additional revenue for IHSS. Without this revenue, the hours of our clients would have been cut by 7% starting in July. We will continue to make sure IHSS hours are permanently restored. SSI/SSP grants for IHSS clients Assembly Bill 1584 would affect many of our IHSS clients, and would reinstate the annual cost of living increase for recipients of SSI/SSP grants, helping to lift them out of poverty. This bill was vetoed by Governor Brown.

FREE COLLEGE for UDW members Are you or your loved one headed to college? Check out these great members-only benefits through our parent union, AFSCME: • AFSCME Free College program: Earn an associate degree online for FREE! Open to UDW members, retirees, and our family members. Learn more at www.freecollege.afscme.org. • AFSCME Family Scholarship: High school seniors can win $2,000 towards their college education. Applicants must be the child or grandchild of a current UDW member. This year’s application deadline is December 31st. Go to www.afscme.org/ members/scholarships for more information about all of AFSCME’s scholarship programs.


PROTECT HOME CARE “We must stand together against attacks by the Freedom Foundation to keep the IHSS program alive.” IHSS provider Toni Monique Taloa, Orange County (pictured with her sister and client)

News from our union

4855 Seminole Drive San Diego, CA 92115 800-621-5016 udwa.org facebook.com/UDW twitter.com/UDWA

Fall 2016

Curb caregiver stress

HELP YOUR CLIENT GET THE IHSS HOURS THEY NEED – TURN THIS OVER!

Stop the Freedom Foundation scam.

A

n out-of-state group called the Freedom Foundation is contacting home care providers and telling them to leave our union. It won’t disclose its donors, but the Freedom Foundation is funded by billionaires who don’t support unions or workers rights.

Foundation. “Right now UDW caregivers are fighting for a living wage, better benefits, and to be treated with dignity and respect. We must stand together against attacks by the Freedom Foundation to keep the IHSS program alive.”

The truth is that the Freedom Foundation opposes raising the minimum wage, paid sick leave, and other benefits for workers. And unlike our union, the Freedom Foundation does NOT protect the rights of home care providers and clients.

The Freedom Foundation is a scam to weaken the power of home care providers and our union. We need to stand together to protect the IHSS program for our clients. You can read more at www.FreedomFoundationScam.com.

IHSS provider Toni Monique Taloa of Orange County is one of the UDW members speaking out against Freedom

If you are contacted by the Freedom Foundation to drop your union membership 3

TELL THEM NO!

HELP YOUR CLIENT GET THE IHSS HOURS THEY NEED by Editha Adams, UDW President

When Maria Fe Camacho needed help getting more hours for her 21-year-old daughter Kelly, she turned to UDW. Kelly lives with MS and other disabilities, and needs to be constantly monitored. Maria Fe knew she needed additional hours and protective supervision. I helped Maria Fe get the necessary paperwork completed, and when Kelly was denied protective supervision, helped

her appeal the decision. Not long after we submitted the appeal, Maria Fe received a phone call telling her the protective supervision was approved without going to a hearing. With the new increase in hours, Maria Fe’s husband Thomas became one of Kelly’s IHSS providers, as well. With the help of UDW, many IHSS providers like the Camacho family have received help getting their clients much-needed hours. Here are a few tips that may help you:

TIP Exercise your right to appeal. You know your client’s needs best. If you think they were assessed less hours than they need, appeal the decision.

1

TIP Get everything in writing. Get written documentation from your client’s doctor stating their needs and the type of care they require. If your client needs protective supervision, make sure that is in the documentation.

2

TIP Prepare for your hearing date. Your appeal may require a hearing. Make sure all of your documentation is in order, and prepare the points you plan to make in advance.

3

TIP Know you’re not alone. For more personalized help with your situation contact your local UDW office to get help from your Advocacy Council.

4

UDW president Editha Adams helped Maria Fe Camacho win protective supervision for her daughter.

IHSS UPDATE Laws impacting providers and clients

To read the full President’s Report, visit www.udwa.org.

FREE COLLEGE for UDW members PROTECT HOME CARE Stop the Freedom Foundation scam


CURB CAREGIVER STRESS TIPS FROM FELLOW IHSS PROVIDERS

IHSS LEGISLATIVE UPDATE In August, UDW caregivers and Executive Director Doug Moore delivered over 4,000 petitions to Governor Brown, demanding Social Security and other benefits for IHSS providers.

B

eing a home care provider is a rewarding job. As caregivers, we do work we can be proud of, in a job that benefits our families and communities. Without home care workers, many of our friends and loved ones would be uprooted from their homes and placed in institutions. But are we caring for ourselves enough? Take a second and think about the last time you did something that was just for you. According to the Office on Women’s Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, some stress can be good, because it can help us handle and conquer challenges. However, longterm stress can actually cause health problems like depression and anxiety, which can put us at a higher risk of heart disease and stroke. Susana Flint from Riverside County provides care for her 86-year-old mother Margarita, who lives with Alzheimer’s and dementia. “One moment, she

can be the sweetest person and then seconds later, she will throw something at me and start yelling from out of nowhere,” said Susana. “It’s the most devastating part of caring for her.” The unpredictable nature of her mother’s condition can be stressful for Susana, but even with limited time between caring for her mom and attending school, Susana finds time for herself. “Old movies are my favorite,” she said. “I love psychological thrillers, suspense, drama, and anything in black and white. I also love to get a pedicure in those massage chairs.” We can’t stop caring for our clients, but we can start taking care of ourselves. In fact, self-care is one of the #1 recommended ways to prevent and relieve caregiver stress. And as it turns out, UDW caregivers have tons of great self-care strategies: “When I need to relax, I enjoy bike riding, going to the mountains, and watching baseball.”

But reducing caregiver stress doesn’t stop there. Here are more tips that can improve your health and well-being:

Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment benefits

Ask for and accept help.

UDW sponsored Assembly Bill 1930 as a first step in our work to win Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment pay for spouse and parent providers. The bill would have convened an IHSS Advisory Committee to look into the economic impact life without access to these basic benefits has on providers and our families. Despite unanimous passage by the Assembly and Senate, Governor Brown vetoed AB 1930. We will continue our campaign to win security for IHSS providers.

Talk to other caregivers or form a support group. Know that you are not alone. Get organized. Some UDW caregivers put together binders for each of their clients, or keep detailed planners to help minimize stress. Make time for you – you can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first. Meditate. Some caregivers said they use meditation apps on their phone to stay centered and calm throughout the day.

Retirement savings Senate Bill 1234 would implement the Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program, giving working Californians the option to have a percentage of our wages set aside in a retirement savings account. IHSS providers were included

Get active. Get enough sleep when you can. Eat foods that sustain and nourish your body. Stay up-to-date on your own doctors’ appointments. Tell your doctor that you are a caregiver, and ask for stress relief advice. Attend a UDW membership meeting or event to meet other caregivers and share stories and tips.

Exercise has been shown to reduce stress – just ask these UDW caregivers who go for walks together by Chollas Lake in San Diego County.

– Teresa Sefried, Placer County “It’s so critical to find time – even if it means getting up early to do the activities that help me relax, or finding time to go to a bookstore, or relax in a quiet spot in my house.” – Marquita Thomas, Riverside County “I read books. I also go to the gym to work out the stress whenever I get the chance.” –Corie Crowson, Merced County, UDW District 4 Chair

Don’t forget to laugh! The Mayo Clinic says laughing not only improves your mood, but can reduce stress and even improve your immune system!

This year’s legislative session has come to a close. Here’s an update on UDW’s efforts to secure additional benefits for providers and clients.

“I’m an artist so when I have some spare time, I like to paint, sculpt, write, and play my flute to relax. It’s very helpful.” – Hazem Al-Bustani, Orange County

Celebrate YOU! November is Home Care Provider Appreciation Month

Thank you caregivers! UDW is hosting a home care provider appreciation event near you! Call your local office or our Member Benefits Center at 1-800-621-5016 for details. For a full calendar of UDW events near you, visit www.udwa.org/get-local and like us on Facebook at facebook.com/UDW.

in the bill, and we are currently waiting on eligibility determination. This bill was signed by Governor Brown, and will go into effect for workers whose employers have 100 or more employees by 2018. IHSS hours UDW successfully protected IHSS hours in this year’s budget by securing additional revenue for IHSS. Without this revenue, the hours of our clients would have been cut by 7% starting in July. We will continue to make sure IHSS hours are permanently restored. SSI/SSP grants for IHSS clients Assembly Bill 1584 would affect many of our IHSS clients, and would reinstate the annual cost of living increase for recipients of SSI/SSP grants, helping to lift them out of poverty. This bill was vetoed by Governor Brown.

FREE COLLEGE for UDW members Are you or your loved one headed to college? Check out these great members-only benefits through our parent union, AFSCME: • AFSCME Free College program: Earn an associate degree online for FREE! Open to UDW members, retirees, and our family members. Learn more at www.freecollege.afscme.org. • AFSCME Family Scholarship: High school seniors can win $2,000 towards their college education. Applicants must be the child or grandchild of a current UDW member. This year’s application deadline is December 31st. Go to www.afscme.org/ members/scholarships for more information about all of AFSCME’s scholarship programs.


PROTECT HOME CARE “We must stand together against attacks by the Freedom Foundation to keep the IHSS program alive.” IHSS provider Toni Monique Taloa, Orange County (pictured with her sister and client)

News from our union

4855 Seminole Drive San Diego, CA 92115 800-621-5016 udwa.org facebook.com/UDW twitter.com/UDWA

Fall 2016

Curb caregiver stress

HELP YOUR CLIENT GET THE IHSS HOURS THEY NEED – TURN THIS OVER!

Stop the Freedom Foundation scam.

A

n out-of-state group called the Freedom Foundation is contacting home care providers and telling them to leave our union. It won’t disclose its donors, but the Freedom Foundation is funded by billionaires who don’t support unions or workers rights.

Foundation. “Right now UDW caregivers are fighting for a living wage, better benefits, and to be treated with dignity and respect. We must stand together against attacks by the Freedom Foundation to keep the IHSS program alive.”

The truth is that the Freedom Foundation opposes raising the minimum wage, paid sick leave, and other benefits for workers. And unlike our union, the Freedom Foundation does NOT protect the rights of home care providers and clients.

The Freedom Foundation is a scam to weaken the power of home care providers and our union. We need to stand together to protect the IHSS program for our clients. You can read more at www.FreedomFoundationScam.com.

IHSS provider Toni Monique Taloa of Orange County is one of the UDW members speaking out against Freedom

If you are contacted by the Freedom Foundation to drop your union membership 3

TELL THEM NO!

HELP YOUR CLIENT GET THE IHSS HOURS THEY NEED by Editha Adams, UDW President

When Maria Fe Camacho needed help getting more hours for her 21-year-old daughter Kelly, she turned to UDW. Kelly lives with MS and other disabilities, and needs to be constantly monitored. Maria Fe knew she needed additional hours and protective supervision. I helped Maria Fe get the necessary paperwork completed, and when Kelly was denied protective supervision, helped

her appeal the decision. Not long after we submitted the appeal, Maria Fe received a phone call telling her the protective supervision was approved without going to a hearing. With the new increase in hours, Maria Fe’s husband Thomas became one of Kelly’s IHSS providers, as well. With the help of UDW, many IHSS providers like the Camacho family have received help getting their clients much-needed hours. Here are a few tips that may help you:

TIP Exercise your right to appeal. You know your client’s needs best. If you think they were assessed less hours than they need, appeal the decision.

1

TIP Get everything in writing. Get written documentation from your client’s doctor stating their needs and the type of care they require. If your client needs protective supervision, make sure that is in the documentation.

2

TIP Prepare for your hearing date. Your appeal may require a hearing. Make sure all of your documentation is in order, and prepare the points you plan to make in advance.

3

TIP Know you’re not alone. For more personalized help with your situation contact your local UDW office to get help from your Advocacy Council.

4

UDW president Editha Adams helped Maria Fe Camacho win protective supervision for her daughter.

IHSS UPDATE Laws impacting providers and clients

To read the full President’s Report, visit www.udwa.org.

FREE COLLEGE for UDW members PROTECT HOME CARE Stop the Freedom Foundation scam