MESSAGE FROM CONGRESSWOMAN MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM

Low Job Satisfaction in Caregiving: Implications and Recommendations

Low Job Satisfaction in Caregiving: Implications and Recommendations Direct care is the fastest-growing profession in the state of New Mexico. Because of the significant growth in the aging population in the recent past, it’s also the second fastest-growing in the nation, with nearly 2,000,000 direct care workers expected by 2022. Despite the mounting need for an increase in the workforce, turnover rates for direct care workers remains high, often falling between 50% – 75%. Turnover rates this high are of…

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Stress-Busting Program (SBP) for Family Caregivers

Stress-Busting Program (SBP) for Family Caregivers Do you provide care for a loved one with a chronic illness or disorder? You are not alone. Being a family caregiver is stressful and can lead to total exhaustion and burnout. If caregivers do not take care of themselves, their own health is put in danger. The Stress-Busting Program for Family Caregivers provides education and support for family caregivers of people with chronic illness. The program teaches caregivers stress management strategies and ways…

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BREAKING NEWS!! Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act reintroduced in Congress

Please contact the senator and the representative from your state: • Ask for their full support and passage of S. 591 and H.R. 1472, the Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act • Express how this legislation affects you or the military caregivers you work so hard to support • Share your personal or organizational story and connection to our shared cause Find your senator here: http://ow.ly/ca32309RIlG Find your representative here: http://ow.ly/Q9K2309RInY Read the press release: http://ow.ly/PB8o309RGp4

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Upcoming “Health and Safety for Caregivers” Training on March 20, 2017

Join us for a FREE “Health and Safety for Caregivers” on March 20 from 12:30pm-4:30pm at Placitas Senior Center, 41 Camino de las Huertas, Placitas, NM. Topics: Workers’ Rights and Employer Responsibilities, Infection Prevention and Musculoskeletal Safety Appropriate for caregivers of persons who are elderly and those with disabilities. Certificate of completion awarded. Care recipients welcome. Register here: http://ow.ly/HRkE309peYk

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You should always have safe patient transfers!

You should always have safe patient transfers! Yes! – “both nurse and patient risk injury if a patient has to be moved without the proper help or equipment.” “OSHA fines hospital over failure to help nurses lift heavy patients” http://www.nj.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2016/12/osha_fines_hospital_over_failure_to_help_nurses_wi.html

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#TalkBrainHealth

It’s time to talk about brain health. You may have noticed changes in an older adult in your life. Maybe they are having a hard time remembering things, acting differently, or struggling with everyday activities. Join the #TalkBrainHealth conversation on Twitter and get the toolkit at http://bit.ly/TalkBrainHealth to start the conversation with your family.

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“RAISE THE FLOOR, BUILD THE LADDER: GOOD JOBS FOR NEW MEXICO’S FRONTLINE HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE” LUNCHEON SUMMIT

Healthcare jobs are fast growing as New Mexico’s and the nation’s populations age. But will these be good jobs with clear paths for career advancement? The New Mexico Direct Caregivers’ Coalition (NMDCC) takes on this question at its November 16 luncheon summit – Raise the Floor, Build the Ladder. The Summit will convene national and New Mexico leaders, including employers. Panelists will discuss the advantages to both workers and employers of shifting employment and workforce strategies to “raising the floor…

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MESSAGE FROM CONGRESSWOMAN MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM

In honor of National Family Caregiving Month, I want to thank the New Mexico Direct Caregivers Coalition for advocating for caregivers in New Mexico. I am a caregiver for my mother, and I understand the dedication it takes to care for your family. I also understand how much support is needed. I introduced a bill called Care Corps to create a national network of trained volunteers who will shore up our caregivers and provide respectful care to those who need…

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