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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2000 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Home-care workers, among the lowest paid government employees in the state, won a 50-cent-an-hour raise Tuesday from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors but said they still cannot make ends meet. The workers said the raise to $6.75 an hour, without health insurance, is too low and should be increased to at least $7.50 per hour with health benefits. To make that point, several got themselves arrested Monday during peaceful demonstrations in front of the supervisors' offices.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2000 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI and GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A year ago, home-care workers like Beatriz Hernandez were savoring a historic union election win that offered the hope of a better life. Now, an obscure, back-room fight between state and county officials has left them struggling to survive on low incomes. Hernandez earns $6.25 per hour taking care of elderly and disabled people in their homes for the county. She has no health insurance nor vacation time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2001 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State legislators are attempting to intervene in a Los Angeles County labor dispute by threatening to withhold $50 million for children's services and the mentally ill unless nearly 75,000 home care workers are given a raise. The controversial proposal represents an attempt by Sacramento politicians to leverage the county Board of Supervisors on behalf of organized labor.
NEWS
May 29, 1995 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even families that have planned for the needs of an older relative and set aside some money may be surprised to learn just how little their savings can actually buy. The average cost of staying in a private nursing home is $30,000 to $40,000 a year, according to the National Council of Senior Citizens, while caring for someone at home--an Alzheimer's patient, for example--takes about $12,000 a year.
NEWS
May 19, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
HONOLULU -- Home-based caregivers of ill or elderly family members are under enormous physical and mental stress, but daily meditative yoga may be a simple, effective strategy for maintaining health, according to a study presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Assn . UCLA researchers Helen Lavretsky and Michael Irwin conducted an eight-week, randomized trial on the effects of meditation exercise on 49 people who...
NEWS
March 15, 1994 | JULIE BAWDEN DAVIS
The rigors of care-giving can be stressful. The job is a tough one that involves many tasks, responsibilities and long hours. If you are caring for an aging parent, experts suggest keeping several things in mind: * Don't try to do it alone. The responsibility for an aging parent is best met as a shared responsibility with other family members. If no other family members are available, ask for help from friends, consider hiring a paid helper or look into community resources.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1998 | LISA ADDISON
As the senior citizen population has grown in South County, the need for qualified caregivers has increased significantly. To help meet this need, the Saddleback College Health Science and Human Services Department's Caregiving Training Program will continue to offer help for family members, agencies and independent providers. The program is made possible by grants received from the Irvine Health Foundation.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2002 | JOSH FRIEDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Retiree Jerry Cohen's savings are slipping away as he cares for his ailing wife, Harriet, at home. If he put her into a nursing home instead, Medicaid would pick up most of the cost. "It just doesn't make any sense. Any rational person can realize a home environment with a caregiver is best," says Cohen, who echoes the experience of many when he adds, "I love her now more than when I first met her." The struggles and rewards of caregiving are given equal treatment in "And Thou Shalt Honor ..."
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