The Department of Labor wants all personal care workers to receive at least minimum wage and overtime. It seems only fair, but could it bring on more problems than solutions?
It happened so fast it stunned me. After one week in a hospital, I found myself in a nursing home. Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised. We think nursing homes are just for old people, but that’s not always true.
Saying, “I am more than a dollar bill,” Tennessean Angela Hibbitt has launched an online petition drive called “I’ll die if I am warehoused in a nursing home” that currently has more than 54,500 signatures. Hibbitt, 54, now relies on 20 hours a day of nursing to manage her ventilator and health care needs, but […]
Do you know what you’d do if your life was threatened by a disaster? Though the headlines rarely report it, too many people with disabilities died during the blockbuster storms Katrina, Sandy and Irene. We may never know how many died, were injured or left homeless by the tornadoes that recently ripped through the middle […]
When most of us become quadriplegics, we eventually see one thing happen — our paralyzed muscles begin to deteriorate, and that includes the muscles in our abdomen. This is when the “quad gut” rears its ugly head — one of the most unattractive aspects of having a cervical spine injury. What our bodies are doing […]
Seventeen ADAPT activists began a sit-in at the headquarters of the New York State Nurses Association this past Wednesday and haven’t left yet. ADAPT says it will not leave the NYSNA headquarters until the nurse’s union supports allowing specially-trained personal assistants to take on some tasks currently performed by nurses. The protest was sparked after […]
Just in time for New Year’s Eve, the disability-rights groups ADAPT and Not Dead Yet combined resources to sponsor a video on the Times Square CBS Super Screen. The 10-second video will be shown once an hour for 18 hours a day over three months on the 26-feet wide and 20-feet high Super Screen. The […]
The way the human brain copes with guilt from disability never ceases to amaze me. They feel bad for us; they walk and we can’t. Yes, it’s a crappy injustice, but you don’t see us bawling over it. Yet for once able-bodied people have gotten it right when it comes to helping out people with […]
The Department of Labor has decided to eliminate the caregiver exemption in 2015, which means all home care workers will receive minimum wage and overtime pay. A 1974 loophole had exempted caregivers from labor protections by classifying them as companions. Brooklyn lawyer T.K. Small is furious with the decision’s impact on consumer directed care. “I […]
In 2011 the Obama administration proposed that the Department of Labor abolish the companionship exemption, which excludes home care workers from minimum wage and overtime protections because they’ve been deemed to be companions for people with disabilities instead of caregivers. The federal change, under review by the Office of Management, would provide wage protections to […]