You May Already Be Part of the Alliance!
If you are a champion of Direct Care Workers, you’re already part of the Wisconsin Long-Term Care Workforce Alliance. We’re a coalition of organizations and individuals who recognize the critical and indispensable role direct care workers play in meeting the long-term care needs of older adults and people of all ages with disabilities in Wisconsin. We believe in bringing everyone together around our common purpose of championing direct care workers: provider organizations, advocates, statewide associations, government agencies, educational institutions, community leaders, consumers, families – and, of course, the direct care workers.
Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Meetings
Upcoming dates for the 2016 Alliance Membership Meetings are all Wednesdays: March 9, May 11, July 13, September 14 and November 9. This last date for our Annual Meeting and Caregiver Awards Event may change - we will keep you posted.
Please watch for announcement of our guest speaker for the March 9 Membership Meeting!
Year Kicks Off with Outstanding Presentation on the Future of Family Care
It was a full house at the Alliance’s Jan. 13th meeting! Tami Jackson, public policy analyst from the WI Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, shared the latest on changes to long-term care. To learn what changes the budget requires, what remains unknown, and how you can influence the future of Family Care, please see Tami’s informative presentation. Thank you, Tami Jackson and the WI-BPDD, for your time, and thanks to all who participated!
Recognizing Recipients of 2015 Caregiver Awards
At our December Caregiver Awards Luncheon, awards were presented to four caregivers, a team of caregivers, and new for 2015: a family caregiver or caregiver of a friend. These awards don’t just recognize the winners—they recognize all long-term care workers who work hard every day to serve the older adults and individuals with disabilities in this state.
As the Alliance, we believe it is very important to highlight and help sustain the important work of families and friends who are caring for a loved one in their own home with chronic, disabling health conditions (both paid and unpaid). We want to honor and recognize the strength and perseverance of these family caregivers who dedicate their lives to care for their loved ones.
2015 WLTCWA Caregiver Awards Recipients
Spotlight Award Recipients
Rachel Hernandez, Society’s Assets, Kenosha
Tasha Holley, IndependenceFirst, Milwaukee
Sandy Lorenzen, Society’s Assets, Elkhorn
Deb Vaillancourt, Heritage Homes, Watertown
Caring Together Award Recipients
Society’s Assets, Racine – Stacy Lake, Joyce Long, Audrey Mills, Tiaka Turner, Darrina Williams, and Veronica Wilson
The Heart of Family/Friend Caregiving Award Recipient
Jim Zachar, Society’s Assets, Racine
We would like to thank the sponsors of our awards:
DIRECT CARE WORKERS LEARN NEW SKILLS TO HELP PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA—THANKS TO TEC!
Everyone is benefiting from the new initiative called TEC—training and employment for caregivers.
TEC is the result of collaboration among the Wisconsin Long-Term Care Workforce Alliance, the Wisconsin Personal Services Association, and other stakeholders dedicated to ensuring consistent training standards for direct care workers.
The TEC initiative is funded by a Wisconsin Fast Forward grant awarded in 2014 by the WI Department of Workforce Development. Goals for read more...