Times Column Spotlights Need for Frontline Hazard Pay

The New York Times’ New Old Age Column this past weekend focused on the challenges facing home care agencies and workers during the pandemic.

The column describes the drop in bookable hours that many agencies faced as family caregivers sought to minimize potential contact points for the virus, struggles with PPE acquisition, and high caregiver turnover in the industry in non-pandemic times.

In addition, columnist Paula Span highlights research on working conditions and inconsistent licensing requirements.

As the pandemic continues to put pressure on home care businesses, Republican leadership in the Senate have now indicated that the next bill providing COVID-19 relief funds won’t be passed until after the July 4th recess. HCAOA members can help in the following ways:

  1. Prepare a letter to your representatives in Congress. You can find our letter template here, and the emails for your U.S. Senators and Representatives here. Please include the Times article, and any additional anecdotes or article that you feel would highlight the need for additional funds for caregivers.
  2. Get others involved! Share our letter template with your employees or others in your organization or agency, and have them reach out to their representatives too!
  3. Be a Caregiver Super Advocate: Send a picture of yourself holding up your hand (palm facing the camera) in support of our Power of 5 campaign. You can email your picture to: HCAOA@powersagency.com. Also in the email, please include your name, the name of your company, and the number of Caregivers you employ. We’ll share these on our website and other advocacy efforts and your name will be added to the HCAOA’s Caregiver Super Advocate Honor Roll.