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A recent study has shown that

92.4% of California in-home care recipients would face total loss of care if the Governor’s proposed
elimination of 87% of the state’s in-home care program were to take place!

“How would eliminating in-home care affect me? God in heaven, it would mean the end of a whole family. With a child who is mentally ill and needs 24-hour care, a bad economy and an unknown future, what would we do?”
–Rosalinda Rodriguez

In 1960, 3.7% of California’s older adults were in expensive institutions

of programs such as in-home care, that rate has dropped steadily
to 2.7% in 2008. Cutting this program would turn back the clock.

such as nursing homes. Because

“How dare you cut this service Governor! Shame on you! I am his only living family. He has seizures. Do you know how much it would cost to have someone else care for him?”
–Donna Butler

Every $1 of state spending on In-Home Supportive Services brings in $2.70 in federal and county funds.

“Without me she would probably let herself die because she doesn’t trust anybody else. Without in-home care she doesn’t have any other means of survival.”
–Maria Andrade

The Governor’s proposed cuts to in-home care represent

a dramatic

shift away from the policy of supporting
vulnerable elders and persons with disabilities in the community.

“I provide care to someone who has diabetes and doesn’t walk. She depends on me to cook, bathe her, do her laundry, and take her to her doctor. What would she do without in-home care?”
–Rosa Rivera

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“My brother was born with lack of oxygen to the brain. After losing mom I now care for him. I always promised mom not to worry I can care for him so do I break the promise or do I fight. I Fight!!”
–Lorijon Brown

The In-Home Supportive Services program serves over 400,000 low-income seniors and disabled California residents at an annual cost of around $11,500

per recipient. That is on average 4-5 times LESS than taxpayer funded institutional care.

“I take care of a disabled World War II veteran that fought to keep America Free. ”
–Mona Langaard

Because of the federal and county match, for every $1 million spent on In-Home Supportive Services, output

would increase by $5.44 million
and employment would experience a comparable boost.

If the Governor eliminates 87% of the IHSS program and 328,000

caregivers lose their jobs, California’s unemployment rate will go from its current 12.5% to nearly 14.5%.

“My daughter has a unique disability and there is no other appropriate place for her to be other than at home. ”
–Anne McClaran

California’s in-home care program not only addresses the current needs of

prevent additional dangerous and costly health problems.
For example: • Providing household tasks helps prevent a broken hip from a fall or getting burned due to cooking or leaving the stove on. • Grocery shopping and preparing meals helps stop dehydration and malnutrition–both of which are leading causes of hospitalization for seniors. • Monitoring medications lowers the risk of senior under or overdosing. • Assisting recipients to doctors’ visits improves overall health and wellness.

care recipients, it also helps

“I need the work to provide for my family. Please protect IHSS. If I lose my job, our lives will be in jeopardy.”
–Feng Yan Situ