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.
July 13 Meeting Topic: Update on "Workforce Shortage" Advocacy
Need for Direct Care Workers + Workforce Shortage Crisis = Time to Advocate for Change!
Find out the latest on meetings with policy-makers, grassroots advocacy efforts, and ways you can get involved. Plan on attending the next Alliance meeting Wednesday, July 13, Noon to 3 pm, in Madison to discover opportunities for you to join the conversation with a growing coalition of provider associations.
This coalition is working to raise awareness among policymakers about Wisconsin’s caregiver workforce crisis and to identify a policy approach that will address this critical issue. In addition to our WI 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.
Mark Your Calendars for Annual Meeting and Caregiver Awards Event December 9
Other upcoming dates for 2016 membership meetings are September 14 and December 9. The Alliance Annual Meeting and Caregiver Awards Luncheon Event will take place Friday, December 9, during the Wisconsin Personal Services Association winter conference in the Wisconsin Dells. Please watch for details, and a big "thank you" to Alliance member WPSA for again graciously hosting this meeting!
Our Featured Caregiver Story This Month: Rachel Hernandez, a Recipient of the Alliance’s 2015 Spotlight Award
What do caregivers mean to families? Find out here in this inspiring story from the Alliance's Annual Caregiver Awards!
Read on for the moving nomination and quotes from Rachel's supervisor and the families and consumers she helps.
"Rachel has been a godsend to our family – she has been amazing on so many levels. Rachel is so patient and kind with John, and he has made such progress since she became his caregiver."
Wisconsin Provider Survey Confirms Workforce Shortage is at Crisis Level
Long-Term Care Coalition Press Release - May 24, 2016
MADISON - According to a new report produced by a coalition of provider associations, Wisconsin's nursing homes and assisted living communities are facing a workforce shortage crisis.
The Long-Term Care Workforce Crisis: A 2016 Report is based on data collected from a survey of the members of the Wisconsin Health Care Association/Wisconsin Center for Assisted Living, LeadingAge Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Assisted Living Association, and the Residential Services Association.
The survey found that there are as many as 11,500 job openings in Long-Term Care. The inability of LTC providers to offer competitive wages is due in large part to their heavy reliance on Medicaid and Medicaid-waiver funding.
Download and read the full press release here.
Report Brought to You by the Long-Term Care Coalition. For more information, contact:
John Vander Meer - WHCA/WiCAL/608-257-0125
John Sauer - LeadingAge Wisconsin/608-255-7060
Sarah Bass - Wisconsin Assisted Living Association/608-288-0246
Dan Drury - RSA Wisconsin/414-332-8979