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.
What's Ahead in 2017? Join the Alliance in Advocating for Solutions to the Workforce Crisis!
The results of a new direct care consumer survey recently released by the Survival Coalition show Wisconsin is experiencing a crisis-level shortage of direct care workers. These workers, including personal care, home health and therapy aides, make it possible for people with disabilities and older adults to lead safe, healthy and independent lives in the community. To understand the dire impact of the workforce crisis, check out the Survey Fact Sheet and read the full Press Release.
Alliance Honors Caregivers at Awards Ceremony Dec. 9
The WI Long-Term Care Workforce Alliance recognized recipients of the 2016 Alliance Caregiver Awards at its annual meeting and awards luncheon, Dec. 9, Wintergreen Resort, WI Dells. Special guest DHS Secretary Linda Seemeyer presented the awards to these outstanding caregivers:
Paulette Hill - Society's Assets
Mary Pacer - Community Living Alliance
Pavuam Vang - Community Living Alliance
Randy Wilkins - Options in Community Living
Caring Together Award:
Amanda Winter and Madeline Hanson - Karen Foxgrover Team
Heart of Family/Friend Caregiving Award
Eleanore Kurpis - Society's Assets
Alliance members as well as families and friends were on hand to honor the award recipients and to hear their moving stories of dedication and love. Starting in January, we will feature each of these stories on our website and Facebook pages.
Again, the Alliance thanks all of the organizations who submitted nominations this year from around the state. The awards committee was faced with difficult choices and feels all nominees are deserving of recognition for their dedication!
Special appreciation goes to Alliance member organization, the Wisconsin Personal Services Association, for hosting the luncheon as part of its winter conference.
Left to right, Patti Becker, Alliance Chairperson; Linda Seemeyer, DHS Secretary; Karen Foxgrover, Consumer and Advocate; and Amanda Winter, Caring Together Award Recipient
In, addition, the Alliance wishes to thank its sponors of the 2016 Caregiver Awards:
- Community Living Alliance
- Consumer Direct Wisconsin
- Cooperative Care
- Creative Community Living Services
- Dungarvin Wisconsin
- Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources
- Herbert H. Kohl Charities
- SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin
- Society’s Assets
- The Management Group (TMG)
- Wisconsin Assisted Living Association
- Wisconsin Personal Services Association
Join the Alliance Today – Join in Championing Direct Care Workers Statewide!
Whether you’re already a member – or a member in spirit – we invite you to renew your commitment to Direct Care Workers around Wisconsin. Yes, we’re looking ahead to 2017, and it’s time to renew your membership – or officially join the Wisconsin Long-Term Care Workforce Alliance. And, as always, membership is free to direct care workers!
Thanks to all of us working together, the Alliance can offer so much:
- Advocacy with public policy-makers regarding critical subjects of training, wages, benefits and other needs of care workers in publicly-funded programs.
- A clearinghouse for information, news and announcements on issues of direct impact on the direct care workforce, using our expanded web and social media outlets.
- Recognition for direct care workers and family/friend caregivers through our unique annual program, the Alliance Caregiver Awards.
- Training in dementia care for 1,000 direct care workers, through Training and Employment for Caregivers (TEC), funded by a Wisconsin Fast Forward Grant and in partnership with other members.
- A resource for the inspiring stories of individual direct care workers and the essential background information, trends and data supporting the need for these caregivers.
- Dynamic speakers for membership meetings, bringing timely information about changes and challenges facing all stakeholders in the long-term care workforce.
Please…renew your membership or join the Alliance today. Let’s continue the Alliance’s work, together.
Alert Your Legislator to the LTC Workforce Crisis Today!
Need for Direct Care Workers + Workforce Shortage Crisis = Time to Advocate for Change!
Help spread the word about the Workforce Crisis! Visit our Advocacy page to find out how to send a personalized Legislator Alert Message to your local legislator.
You will join other allies - we are direct care workers, people receiving support, families, provider agencies and community members. While the message is the same for all of us, we each experience it differently. So we want to make sure the Wisconsin Legislature hears from people all over the state.
A growing coalition of provider associations is working to raise awareness among policy-makers about Wisconsin’s caregiver workforce crisis and to identify a policy approach that will address this critical issue. In addition to our own Wisconsin Long-Term Care Workforce Alliance, the Coalition includes: Wisconsin Health Care Association/Wisconsin Center for Assisted Living, LeadingAge Wisconsin, Wisconsin Assisted Living Association, Residential Services Association of Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Personal Services Association.
Alert Your Legislator to the LTC Workforce Crisis Today!