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August 12, 2008 | Paul Pringle, Times Staff Writer
Advocates for low-wage caregivers called on authorities Monday to investigate the spending practices of a Los Angeles union and a related charity that have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to firms owned by the wife and mother-in-law of the labor organization's leader. "This is very serious," County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, whose 1990s legislation allowed the union to organize home-care workers here, said of the financial transactions disclosed by The Times.
March 11, 2008 | My-Thuan Tran
A former employee of an adult-care center was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail for attacking a disabled man and recording the beating on his cellphone camera. Patrick John Solis, 23, a former worker at Jossen Vocational Academy, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and felony false imprisonment of a dependent adult. On April 12, 2006, Solis and co-worker Michael Douglas Rama made a 30-second cellphone video of themselves slapping a mentally disabled adult, who is seen wailing and trying to ward off the beating.
March 3, 2008 | Shari Roan, Times Staff Writer
A scarcity of paid caregivers means that, in the future, older people may have to band together to help each other. Older Americans are already pitching in to care for their more frail or even older counterparts as either paid or volunteer workers. That's because finding younger people to work as caregivers is becoming more difficult.
September 11, 2007 | Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer
Nurses aren't just taking orders anymore. From intensive care wards to the halls of Congress, they're exerting growing influence over hospital practices and patient treatment. With the clout they've gained through unionization, they've raised their incomes and their profession's profile. Now they're lobbying for a radical change to the country's healthcare system, starting in California. On Monday, hundreds of members of the California Nurses Assn.
June 1, 2007 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
The California Senate voted Thursday to bar employers from denying promotions or raises to workers who juggle job duties with the demands of caring for children, sick spouses or aging parents. One of the first such efforts in the country, the measure would add "familial status" to the categories of discrimination banned by the state's Fair Employment and Housing Act.
May 12, 2007 | Molly Selvin, Times Staff Writer
Mothers, not only do you have your own day this Sunday, you also are the primary beneficiaries of a growing body of laws and court rulings that grant workplace protections to caregivers. California is among several states and cities that are passing or considering legislation banning job discrimination against workers with the responsibility of caring for children, aging parents or ill spouses.
April 19, 2007 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
The video made national news: a worker caught on a cellphone video repeatedly striking a developmentally disabled man as he cowered in fear and moaned. In the weeks following the discovery, the administrators overseeing Orange County's programs for the developmentally disabled have declined to discipline the adult day-care program in Anaheim where the abuse occurred, saying they were isolated incidents.
March 14, 2007 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
Each morning Frances Chavis sneaks out of her house for 6 a.m. prayer, hoping to get back before her husband wakes up. Chavis, whose husband Lemuel, 72, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2003, spends her days as a "shadow" -- watching over her husband and the house, making sure everything is done correctly -- and, when she can, she naps. And every morning, after about two hours in church in the Crenshaw area, she returns to her home with the motivation and strength to go on.
November 27, 2006 | Jonathan Peterson, Times Staff Writer
JOE WOLF still remembers his wife, Joanne, as a healthy 18-year-old with long brown hair and a '61 Chevy. They met through a social group at a Presbyterian church. They got married and had two children. These days, he trims and curls Joanne's hair, because she no longer is able to do it herself. He brushes her teeth. He helps her dress. He cooks, cleans and drives her in a specially equipped van to the gym, where she battles the debilitating effects of two strokes.
November 16, 2006 | Kelley-anne Suarez, Times Staff Writer
Patricia Martin concedes the situation got a little out of hand. Police responded to an assault complaint at her Garden Grove home Tuesday and found more than just a shaken woman. Inside Martin's house were 150 caged cats and kittens, along with two opossums, two doves and a parrot. The city's legal limit for adult domestic animals is four, said Ryan Drabek, a spokesman for Orange County Animal Care Services.
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