A group of home care providers, the elderly and others gathered in Chicago’s Federal Plaza to call for support of legislation that looks to expand and support the home care workforce. The bill was crafted in the Senate and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) has introduced a companion bill in the House. The bills also support affordable and accessible home care to senior citizens and the disabled.
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Schakowsky joined Caring Across Generations, a campaign for quality home care and support of workers. The group estimates that around 10 million adults, many under the age of 65, are in need of long-term services and support due to functional limitations. They argue that 90 percent of those in need are receiving unpaid care.
As the population grows older, it’s estimated that another 1.6 million jobs in the industry would be created by 2020. Caring Across Generations and Schakowsky say many of the existing jobs are low wage with few benefits. Schakowsky wants to change that and her legislation would help.
Caring Across Generations hopes that the word gets out and people contact their congressmen.