Over the past several weeks, HCAOA has worked with state chapters to drive recognition for the direct care workers who have kept the country's most vulnerable populations safe at home throughout the pandemic. Georgia, Michigan, California and Illinois all have passed resolutions to honor these important caregivers.
Georgia recently passed House Resolution 406, sponsored by Rep John LaHood (R-Valdosta), and an initiative of the Georgia Council on Aging. The measure urges the Georgia Emergency Operations Plan to recognize the importance of long-term care providers and their direct care workers. The Georgia Emergency Operations Plan is the comprehensive state emergency operations plan developed to ensure mitigation, preparedness, appropriate response, and timely recovery from natural and manmade hazards that may affect residents of Georgia. Read more here.
Last week as part of Virtual Advocacy Day, the Michigan legislature adopted resolutions in both the State Senate and the House of Representatives establishing April as Home Care Awareness Month. The resolution raised awareness and of the importance of home care as Michigan’s aging population’s need for support to age in their homes. In the Senate the Resolution is #34 and was introduced by Senator Jeff Irwin and adopted on March 24. In the House the Resolution was #72 and was introduced by Representative John Roth and adopted on March 25. A copy of the Senate Resolution can be found here and a copy of the House Resolution can be found here.
Last week, the California Senate passed ACR-28 to recognize National Caregivers Day. This proclamation expresses gratitude to caregivers for their unwavering commitment to the care of their clients and families especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.
In Illinois, HR0082 - which declares Illinois Caregivers Day - is sponsored by both Rep. Frances Ann Hurley and Stephanie A. Kifowit. On March 16, it was assigned to the Human Services Committee for review. Read more here.