Local Families & Business Owners Protest At State Capitol

Families say bill will turn their lives upside down and cripple their aging parents

July 05, 2011 // Franchising.com // Local families, caregivers and business owners will protest at the state capitol in Sacramento tomorrow morning to fight a highly controversial bill they say will severely hurt California senior citizens. State lawmakers will vote on the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (AB 889) Wednesday, July 6th at 9:30AM in the state capitol, 1315 10th Street, Sacramento, California 95814. You can interview protestors at the west entrance to the capitol building at 8:30AM on 10th Street.

WHO:

Local families with aging parents, in-home caregivers and care giving companies. They are fighting the bill aimed at increasing the rights of domestic workers and in-home caregivers because ultimately OUR SENIORS will be the victims if they can no longer afford to pay for in-home care.

WHAT:

  • Families say the bill will astronomically hike the cost of in-home caregivers who are a lifeline to many of California's 4 million senior citizens. Thousands of seniors and their families may no longer be able to afford a caregiver and will have to go without care. The industry could go underground and families would hire possibly unscreened and unqualified caregivers, putting their elderly loved ones at risk.
  • Caregivers are fighting the bill because it could force them to work illegally without workers compensation or benefits.
  • In-home care giving companies are fighting the bill because their costs to hire caregivers will go up 30-40% and ultimately those costs will be passed onto seniors and their families to pay for the care.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 6th (session starts at 9:30AM)

WHERE: State Capitol, 1315 10th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

This is an important story that affects thousands of local families. We urge you to cover the story where you can interview people fighting for and against this bill.

About Senior Helpers:

Senior Helpers connects professional caregivers with seniors who wish to live at home as opposed to a nursing or assisted living facility. The company has nearly 300 franchises in 42 states and one Canadian province offering a wide range of personal and companion care services to assist senior living independently with a strong focus on quality of life for the client and peace of mind for their families. Senior Helpers strives to be the leading companion and personal care provider that offers dependable, consistent and affordable home care. For more information, please visit www.seniorhelpers.com.

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