Escuchar tantas cosas sobre el COVID-19 puede ser abrumador y es difícil saber en qué creer. A continuación, encontrará recursos confiables que estaremos actualizando continuamente con la información más reciente, así como las mejores prácticas para que usted, su familia y su cliente estén sanos.

Preguntas frecuentes

Hazard pay (pago de riesgo):
Pregunta: ¿los cuidadores reciben un hazard pay (pago de riesgo)?

Respuesta:  luchamos y obtuvimos el hazard pay (pago de riesgo) para los trabajadores de atención domiciliaria de Washington. Visite nuestra página de contratos para conocer la información más reciente sobre el hazard pay (pago de riesgo) por empleador.

Seguridad del cliente:
Pregunta: ¿qué puedo hacer si mi cliente o yo contraemos COVID-19 o estamos expuestos a este?

Respuesta: esta es una de las grandes preocupaciones de muchos cuidadores. Lo invitamos a que llame a su médico de atención primaria o al del cliente y a que se comunique con el administrador del caso del cliente (si es un IP) o con su supervisor (si es un AP). Adicionalmente, el Washington State Department of Health (Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington) creó un centro de llamadas para resolver las preguntas del público; el número es 1-800-525-0127.

Guía de atención domiciliaria sobre telemedicina del DSHS: consulte este documento para conocer una lista de tareas que puede realizar por teléfono o de forma remota, así como las tareas que solo se pueden realizar en persona. Si trabaja para una agencia privada de atención domiciliaria, consulte al supervisor de su agencia antes de realizar tareas por teléfono o de forma remota.

Salud y atención domiciliaria y el COVID-19. Pautas de atención domiciliaria: este documento proporciona pautas que el personal de atención domiciliaria, salud domiciliaria y agencias de hospicios puede usar para ayudar a los pacientes en el hogar y en relación con la atención personal o clínica.

Horas perdidas:


Pregunta: perdí horas o perdí un cliente como consecuencia del COVID-19, ¿qué puedo hacer?

Respuesta: dependiendo de su situación, puede solicitar el seguro por desempleo, el seguro del L&I/compensación para trabajadores, la Paid Family Leave Act (Ley de Licencia Remunerada por Motivos Familiares), o puede hacer uso del PTO. Puede obtener más información haciendo clic en los enlaces que aparecen más adelante; incluso puede completar una encuesta que lo ayudará a determinar cuál es el mejor recurso para usted. Si está interesado en trabajar algunas horas con un cliente nuevo, también puede inscribirse en CarinaCare.com.

Información sobre la vacuna:

Pregunta: ¿necesito tener seguro médico para recibir la vacuna?

Respuesta: no, la vacuna contra el COVID-19 es gratuita para todos y no es necesario tener seguro médico. Los proveedores de vacunación no tienen permitido cobrar la vacuna, exigir copagos o coaseguro, ni rehusarse a aplicarle la vacuna a alguien solo porque no cuenta con seguro médico, está subasegurado o fuera de la red.

Pregunta: ¿quién puede recibir la vacuna en el estado de Washington?

Respuesta: cualquier persona mayor de 5 años es elegible para recibir la vacuna contra el COVID-19.

Pregunta: mi cliente no puede salir de casa. ¿Cómo puedo hacer para que lo vacunen?

Respuesta: usted puede solicitar los “homebound vaccination services” (servicios de vacunación a domicilio). Para hacerlo:

Pregunta: ¿cómo puedo saber qué vacuna voy a recibir?

Respuesta: visite Vaccines.gov para obtener más información sobre una marca determinada de la vacuna. No obstante, lo más importante es recibir la vacuna, sin importar la marca. Los CDC recomiendan recibir cualquier vacuna contra el COVID-19 que esté disponible y no esperar una marca determinada.

Pregunta: si ya tuve COVID, ¿necesito recibir la vacuna?

Respuesta: sí, debe recibir la vacuna sin importar si ya tuvo COVID-19. Esto se debe a que los expertos no saben cuánto tiempo estará protegido de enfermarse nuevamente después de recuperarse del COVID-19. Aunque ya se haya recuperado del COVID-19, es posible, pero inusual, que nuevamente pueda contagiarse con el virus que causa el COVID-19.

Pregunta: soy un cuidador, ¿dónde puedo obtener el PPE?

Respuesta: juntos luchamos y ganamos PPE gratuito para los cuidadores. Los AP deben solicitarle el PPE a sus agencias. Los IP pueden ordenar un PPE al mes, por cliente, a través de Workday en el portal DirectMyCare de CDWA. Las instrucciones sobre cómo pedirlo se encuentran aquí

Pregunta: ¿puedo contraer el COVID-19 debido a la vacuna?

Respuesta: no. La vacuna no contiene partículas activas del virus. Aunque es posible que sienta efectos secundarios leves y temporales por la inyección, no contraerá el virus debido a la vacuna.

Pregunta: ¿la vacuna causará efectos secundarios? Si es así, ¿cuánto tiempo pueden durar?

Respuesta: es posible que algunas personas que reciban la vacuna contra el COVID-19 experimenten efectos secundarios, particularmente después de una segunda dosis. Sin embargo, los efectos secundarios de la vacuna parecen ser leves y temporales. Los participantes han informado que presentan dolor en la zona de la inyección, fatiga y, ocasionalmente, fiebre, dolor de cabeza, o dolores en los músculos y articulaciones. Estos efectos secundarios desaparecen después de 1 o 2 días.

En realidad, estos efectos secundarios son comunes en todas las vacunas: indican que la vacuna es eficaz y desencadena una respuesta inmune.

Personas trabajadores:
Pregunta: debido a que bastantes personas están perdiendo horas e incluso su trabajo, ¿hay algo que podamos hacer para ayudar?

Respuesta: sabemos que muchos negocios han cerrado y las personas que trabajaban allí están sin trabajo. Nos estamos uniendo con todas las divisiones de SEIU a nivel nacional y otras uniones para exigir un incentivo económico dirigido a personas trabajadoras, mas no a grandes empresas. Entre otras cosas, estamos solicitando que todos reciban un cheque con una suma significativa a modo de reemplazo de los ingresos, independientemente de la ciudadanía o la situación laboral. Puede encontrar más información en protectallworkers.org.

Recursos:

Guantes: los IP que trabajan para Medicaid y los clientes financiados exclusivamente por el estado tienen acceso a guantes como parte de los beneficios de salud de cada cliente, gracias al contrato de nuestra Unión. Para aprender cómo adquirirlos, haga clic aquí.

Límites de horas extra para proteger a los padres proveedores y a los cuidadores que vivan en la casa del cliente: aunque no habrá una eliminación generalizada de los límites de las semanas de trabajo, desde el Estado se ha indicado que es probable que aprueben la exención temporal de los límites de las semanas de trabajo para las horas extra en función de cada caso, especialmente cuando exista una preocupación relacionada con incorporar a más cuidadores en un entorno de convivencia compartida, de manera que aumente el riesgo de transmisión del COVID-19. Puede enviar una carta al trabajador de los casos en la que solicite una Excepción al Límite de la Semana Laboral Específico para un Cliente (CSWWL), a fin de poder exceder su límite de semana laboral y proporcionar todas las horas autorizadas de su cliente. Tenemos una plantilla que puede utilizar aquí.

Si presenta síntomas del COVID-19, o cree que estuvo expuesto a este, llame a estas líneas directas:

  • Línea directa sobre el coronavirus del Washington State Department of Health (Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington): 1-800-525-0127 (atención de 6 a. m. a 10 p. m.)
  • Línea directa sobre el coronavirus del condado de King: 206-477-3977 (atención de 8 a. m. a 7 p. m.)

Encuentre en línea el Health Department (Departamento de Salud) local aquí – Washington State Department of Health (Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington)

Información en Montana: la información y recursos para los habitantes de Montana están disponibles aquí.

Recursos de SEIU 775 y SEIU 775 Benefits Group

Cómo recibir la vacuna: conozca aquí cómo usted y su cliente pueden recibir la vacuna.

SEIU 775 en las noticias: lea lo que los cuidadores están haciendo y cómo nos ha afectado el brote del COVID-19.

Acceso a las pruebas del COVID-19 y beneficios de salud: obtenga más información de SEIU 775 Benefits Group.

Reprogramación del examen de certificación de HCA: obtenga más información de SEIU 775 Benefits Group.

Información sobre la capacitación y actualizaciones para cuidadores: obtenga más información de SEIU 775 Benefits Group.

Horas perdidas

Solicitar seguro por desempleo, compensación de los trabajadores/L&I, Paid Family Leave Act (Ley de Licencia Remunerada por Motivos Familiares) o usar el PTO:

Hojas informativas (multilingües)

Public Health COVID-19 Fact Sheet – Seattle y condado de King

Hojas informativas multilingües sobre el coronavirus – Washington State Department of Health (Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington)

SEIU 775 President Sterling Harders: “Caregiving is work typically done by women, who work alone in someone’s home. They have no process or place to report or respond when they feel they are at danger at work. These bills will make the care environment safer for both caregivers and the people they care for by creating safety, prevention, and reporting standards. Everyone deserves to feel safe while giving and receiving care.”

OLYMPIA, WA – Today, House Bill 2681 – a bill that addresses the harassment, abuse, and discrimination of caregivers – was successfully voted out of the Washington state House Labor & Workplace Standards Committee. It joins companion bill Senate Bill 6205, which was voted out of the Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee yesterday, in moving to the respective Ways and Means Committees for the next vote.

Caregivers testified in support of both these bills on Jan. 28 before the House Labor & Workplace Standards Committee and on Jan. 15 before the Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee, urging the legislature to pass these powerful and comprehensive policies that ensure everyone can feel safe while giving and receiving care.

Caregivers shared their experiences with incidents of harassment, abuse, and discrimination – which can come from anyone in the care environment, including other people residing in or visiting their client’s home, friends, family, or neighbors. The impact is more than an immediate reaction. It affects caregivers’ health, wellbeing, and quality of care. Additionally, it leads to increased turnover among direct care workers, which can lower quality of care for clients.

Historically, caregivers – the majority of whom are low-income and women of color – have been excluded from basic workplace protection standards. But in this moment in this country, people, especially women, are stepping up and demanding a safer work environment. Caregiving is no different.

“Caregiving is work typically done by women, who work alone in someone’s home. They have no process or place to report or respond when they feel they are at danger at work,” said SEIU 775 President Sterling Harders. “These bills will make the care environment safer for both caregivers and the people they care for by creating safety, prevention, and reporting standards. Everyone deserves to feel safe while giving and receiving care.”

Senate Bill 6205 is sponsored in the Washington state Senate by Andy Billig, 3rd District, Spokane; Annette Cleveland, 49th District, Vancouver; Steve Conway, 29th District, Tacoma; Manka Dhingra, 45th District, Redmond; David Frockt, 46th District, Seattle, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park; Karen Keiser, 33rd District, Des Moines; Mark Mullet, 5th District, Issaquah; Emily Randall, 26th District, Bremerton; Rebecca Saldaña, 37th District, Seattle; Kevin Van De Wege, 24th District, Sequim.

House Bill 2681 is sponsored in the Washington state House of Representatives by Mike Chapman, 24th District; Eileen Cody, 34th District; Lauren Davis, 32nd District; Carolyn Eslick, 39th District; Noel Frame, 36th District; Roger Goodman, 45th District; Mia Gregerson, 33rd District; Paul Harris, 17th District; Christine Kilduff, 28th District; John Lovick, 44th District; Nicole Macri, 43rd District; Timm Ormsby, 3rd District; Lillian Ortiz-Self, 21st District; Tina Orwall, 33rd District; Gerry Pollet, 46th District; Marcus Riccelli, 3rd District; June Robinson, 38th District; Mike Sells, 38th District; Sharon Shewmake, 42nd District; Monica Jurado Stonier, 49th District; Gael Tarleton, 36th District; My-Linh Thai, 41st District; Steve Tharinger, 24th District; Javier Valdez, 46th District; and Amy Walen, 48th District.

More information on SEIU 775’s campaign to address harassment, abuse, and discrimination (HADit) is available at seiu775.org/HADit

 

After four months and hundreds of caregivers and self-advocates traveling to Olympia to tell their stories and explain to legislators the importance of the legislation we’ve been fighting for, the Washington State Legislative Session has ended and we have a lot to celebrate!

  • Our Caregiver Contract was fully funded with Parity for Agency Caregivers
  • The Long-Term Care Trust Act was passed
  • Both the Alternatives to Guardianship Bill (HB 1329) and the Uniform Guardianship Act (SB 5604) were passed and funded
  • The administrative rate was increased for homecare agencies
  • A pilot project to provide home care services to our vulnerable seniors and persons with disabilities in homeless shelters was funded

All of this was possible because caregivers from across the state came together to stand up for themselves, their clients, and each other. When we show up, we win!When we show up, we win!

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February 1, 2019
SEATTLE – Today marks a major achievement for Washington state caregivers in the «Fight for 15.» In-home caregivers represented by Service Employees International Union Local 775 will receive their first paychecks that reflect wages of at least $15 an hour.

Workers started earning the new wage on January 1st, with the most experienced receiving more than $18 an hour.

Desirae Hernandez gave up her job to take care of her father – and after her son was born, became a file-16caregiver. With the pay raise, Hernandez says she won’t have to make tough decisions like choosing between medicine and car payments, and could even save to take her son on a trip.

«He said, ‘Mom, I know we’re not rich with money right now – we are rich with love – but one day when we get rich with money, can we go to Disneyland?’ And so, that’s one of things that I’m hopeful for [with] this raise – to save a little bit of money to do something like that with him,» says Hernandez.

SEIU 775, the State of Washington and individual providers agreed to a contract in 2017 to raise workers’ wages every six months for two years. The union represents more than 45,000 long-term caregivers in the Evergreen State and Montana.

Hernandez says fair compensation is crucial for keeping people in this much-needed profession.

«It’s hard to get enough people to be able to do this job because they could be making more money somewhere else,» says Hernandez. “And that’s sad, because it’s going to end up costing people dignity and our state so much more money if we can’t keep this profession filled with certified people.»

The Fight for 15 has swept the nation since New York fast-food workers in 2012 demanded living wages. Since then, 22 million workers across the country have secured $68 million dollars in wages, according to the National Employment Law Project.

SeaTac and Seattle were among the first cities to adopt $15-an-hour minimum wages.

Eric Tegethoff, Public News Service – WA

What happens when we fight together? We win!

The 2017 –2019 IP Home Care Contract – one of the best home care contracts in the nation – has been fully funded by the state legislature – all because of you. 

For the last six months, thousands of members called and emailed, traveled from around the state and clocked hundreds of hours in lobby visits with legislators. The fight to fully fund the Home Care Contract was an uphill battle, but because of our determination and shared will – ALL CAREGIVERS WILL EARN A LIVING WAGE!!

Here’s is a snapshot of what we have won:

    • All caregivers will get raises every 6 months for the next 2 years. All caregivers will see increases of at least 12-15 percent over the next 18 months.
    • By January 2019, all caregivers will make at least $15 an hour 
    • Our contract also rewards experience. By the end of the contract the most experienced caregivers with advanced training will make more than $18 an hour
    • The caregiver retirement benefit will double
    • Paid-Time-Off increases for all caregivers
    • 15 minutes of paid administrative time each pay period—this is a first-in-the-nation achievement for state-paid home care individual providers!
    • No cuts to our health care benefits
    • New accountability for IPOne which includes new timelines for identifying and fixing problems.

Fifteen years ago, caregivers started SEIU 775. Back then, caregivers made $7.18/hour with no benefits – no health care, no retirement, no vacation and sick leave (PTO), and no workers compensation (L&I). Since then, by uniting together, standing strong, and making our voices heard, we have doubled those wages – and even more than doubled them for experienced caregivers.

We are truly stronger together! You can read the full contract here: State of Washington 2017-2019 CBA.

You’ll be hearing from us with contract news updates, so be sure to stay tuned to the SEIU 775 Facebook page!

In February, neither freezing rain nor snow could keep dozens of caregivers away from Olympia to press legislators to fund our new home care contract with parity for agency providers.

Washington home care workers deserve to make a living wage and not be forced to struggle to make ends meet. That’s why caregivers from Eastern, Central, Southwest Washington and the Peninsula made the journey to tell legislators they should support home care workers and a $15/hour minimum wage.

PurplePresence3.2.17A This is an especially tough budget year in the Legislature, but our team of caregivers were determined to make the voices of 38,000 long-term care workers heard.  Members met legislators and key staff, told their stories, and underscored their clients’ needs—making it clear that the home care workforce deserves to be fairly compensated, and our clients deserve high quality care.

In every meeting, we urged legislators to support what are fighting for:

  • Starting wages that will reach $15/hour and more than $18/hour for the most experienced caregivers who complete additional training.
  • New accountability for IPOne, including firm timelines for identifying and correcting problems.
  • The State’s contribution to our new retirement plan will double.
  • Increased paid time off.
  • First-in-the-nation paid administrative time each month.
  • A new health and safety program for caregivers.

By telling their stories, members worked hard to ensure that home care workers earn living wages and receive payment for the hours worked.

As the legislative session moves forward, members will continue to travel to Olympia to testify and speak up on behalf of caregivers in our state. By working together, we will amplify the need to fund the home care contract with parity for agency home care workers.

We’ll keep emailing and phoning our legislators as we work to pass legislation on these important long-term care issues. To send a letter to your state legislator supporting our contract, please click here.

2017-2019 IP contract bargaining team
Our 2017-2019 IP contract bargaining team

Great news: We reached an agreement with the state on our 2017-2019 contract! ALL Washington State Individual Providers will earn at least $15/hour by 2019 under this contract, and our wage scale will go up to $17.65/hour.

It gets even better. Because we stood together in our union, we once again negotiated the best home care contract in the country, with major increases to our wages and benefits—plus some other highlights.

But our fight is not over: Just like all the other contracts we’ve negotiated, in order for our incredible new wages and benefits to take effect, we need to get it funded by the Legislature.

We’ll have to lobby hard, but when our contract is funded, here’s what we get as of July of 2017, including another first-in-the-nation win for Individual Providers:

  • By the end of the contract, all caregivers will make at least $15/hour—but this contract also rewards experience, with a new top step of the wage scale and significant raises for experienced caregivers. At the end of the contract the most experienced caregivers will make $17.65/hour, not including differentials for things like training and specialized work.
  • All caregivers will get raises every 6 months for the next 3 years. Caregivers get an average wage increases of $1.75/hr over the 2 years of the contract—and the average wage by the end of the contract will be over $16/hr.
  • Our retirement benefit doubles to a state contribution of 50 cents per hour in July 2018.
  • PTO increases to 1 hr for every 28 worked July 1, 2017 and to 1 hr for every 25 hours worked July 1, 2018.
  • 15 minutes of paid administrative time each pay period—this is a first-in-the-nation achievement for state-paid home care individual providers!
  • A new health and safety program, which will first conduct a comprehensive study of caregiver safety needs and then fund $600,000 in safety programs and equipment for caregivers in the second year of the contract.
  • No out-of-pocket cost increases for our health insurance, plus an increase in funding for health and wellness programs. The Benefits Trust will also be able to explore improved benefits.
  • Increase in funding for training will help provide access to training to parent providers and other caregivers exempt from training requirements, and expand training programs in areas such as nurse delegation, CPR/first aid, and mental health.
  • Caregivers who complete certain advanced training will get an additional 50 cents per hour.
  • New accountability for IPOne, including timelines for identifying and fixing problems.
  • New protections against overpayments – caregivers who are working authorized hours must be paid for those hours if they haven’t been notified of termination, even if their contract or background check is incomplete or they have not completed required training.

The contract highlights the importance of the upcoming elections on November 8—negotiating the contract was just the first step. Now we need to get it funded.

This means we need to re-elect caregiver champion Jay Inslee for governor, and elect pro-caregiver candidates to the Legislature this fall.

We have no doubt in our minds that the Freedom Foundation will try to stop us—they want to take away caregivers’ political clout that we’ve built through our union. It’s this power we’ve built together in Olympia that allows us to win time and time again, and as they try to stop us, we’ll just get stronger.

It’s amazing how far we have come since IPs formed a union in 2002—when we made just over $7/hour, had no wage scale, no health insurance, no PTO, no L&I, no tax withholding, certainly no retirement benefit. Imagine where we’ll be in another 14 years!