As a caregiver, personal support worker, or customer receiving supports, do you have concerns about the current I/DD workforce crisis? You may be struggling to find and keep good caregivers. If you're a professional in the field, you may be experiencing struggles of your own, including income, benefits, or access to effective training.
Starting in January, you can tell UCP Oregon your story, and we'll do all the work for you! We'll be sharing stories with the media, the legislature, the Governor's Advocacy Office, and the Governor.
This is a great way to have your voice heard, especially if you're not comfortable working through a formal complaint process. That's okay. Everyone is unique, and every effort you make to share with others is important.
You can share any story or experience you want, but below are some examples that might help get you started.
Examples of CONCERNS From Service Recipients:
I cannot find a caregiver.
I worry how long my caregivers will stay.
I do not feel like my caregivers have time to get to know me.
I worry about my safety.
I am tired of training new caregivers.
I feel like having so many people in and out of my home and life is affecting my dignity, privacy and safety.
Examples of Concerns From Caregivers and Professionals:
I am passionate about providing quality services, but I can't pay my bills.
It's very difficult to keep having to transfer relationships, as I sub in and out of households.
I'm exhausted from having to work so much overtime due to staffing vacancies.
I worry about my customers' health and safety with so many staff people coming and going.
WANT TO FIND OUT MORE? HAVE A QUESTION?
Call UCP Oregon's Executive Director (Ann Coffey) at 971-235-9543, or email her below.