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.
DHS Submits Family Care/IRIS 2.0 Concept Paper to Joint Committee on Finance 3/31
The 2015-2017 State Budget, Act 55, directs the WI Department of Health Services to make a number of changes to the existing Family Care and IRIS Programs, including expansion to all counties. After public hearings last fall and preparation of a draft Concept Paper followed by hearings earlier this year, DHS submitted the final verson of the Family Care/IRIS 2.0 Concept Paper to the Joint Committee on Finance on March 31, 2016. This Concept Paper will serve as the basis for the federal waiver request DHS anticipates submitting to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in September 2016.
See the DHS Family Care/IRIS 2.0 website for the final Concept Paper, FAQs, and links to past reports, hearings and meetings.
Put May 11 Membership Meeting on Your Calendar! Speaker Announcement Coming Soon
Thank you, Maria Brenny-Fitzpatrick, DNP, Director of Transitional Care at UW Hospital-Madison, for your presentation at our March meeting on why direct care workers in all settings are essential to smooth transitions.
Maria led a lively discussion on the hot topics of transitions of care. A "transition in care" occurs every time a patient's care and clinical information transfers between health care providers. These times of transition are potentially dangerous times if the right information is not communicated in a timely manner. Poor transitions can lead to confusion, unnecessary testing, medication errors, delays in diagnosis and treatment, and even preventable re-admissions to the hospital.
Maria identified typical barriers and failures associated with care transitions, discussed transitional care best practices every caregiver should use, and provided resources and tools available to help assure safe care transitions.
Stay tuned and keep May 11 free on your calendar for the next Alliance meeting! Other upcoming dates for 2016 membership meetings are all Wednesdays: 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.
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: