You May Already Be Part of the Alliance!
If you are a champion of Direct Care Workers, you’re already part of the Wisconsin Long-Term Care Workforce Alliance. We’re a coalition of organizations and individuals who recognize the critical and indispensable role direct care workers play in meeting the long-term care needs of older adults and people of all ages with disabilities in Wisconsin. We believe in bringing everyone together around our common purpose of championing direct care workers: provider organizations, advocates, statewide associations, government agencies, educational institutions, community leaders, consumers, families – and, of course, the direct care workers.
Alliance Board of Directors: Thankful for Increase in Personal Care Rate in Governor’s Budget
"The Wisconsin Long-Term Care Workforce Alliance (WLTCWA) is pleased that Governor Scott Walker's 2017-2019 Executive Budget features a rate increase to support direct care workers. WLTCWA is thankful for this long-awaited increase – and hopeful that it will create enhanced wages for the direct care workforce, address the growing need of long- term care consumers relying on these crucial services, and support sustainability of the providers.
WLTCWA is a coalition of public and private organizations, individuals, consumers and direct care workers around the state. We recognize the critical and indispensable role direct care workers play in meeting the long-term care needs of older adults and people with disabilities. Our mission is to improve the recognition, retention, recruitment and economic status of the long-term care workforce."
Alliance Honors Caregivers at Awards Ceremony Dec. 9
The WI Long-Term Care Workforce Alliance recognized recipients of the 2016 Alliance Caregiver Awards at its annual meeting and awards luncheon, Dec. 9, Wintergreen Resort, WI Dells. Special guest DHS Secretary Linda Seemeyer presented the awards to these outstanding caregivers:
Paulette Hill - Society's Assets
Mary Pacer - Community Living Alliance
Pavuam Vang - Community Living Alliance
Randy Wilkins - Options in Community Living
Caring Together Award:
Amanda Winter and Madeline Hanson - Karen Foxgrover Team
Heart of Family/Friend Caregiving Award
Eleanore Kurpis - Society's Assets
Alliance members as well as families and friends were on hand to honor the award recipients and to hear their moving stories of dedication and love. Starting in January, we will feature each of these stories on our website and Facebook pages.
Again, the Alliance thanks all of the organizations who submitted nominations this year from around the state. The awards committee was faced with difficult choices and feels all nominees are deserving of recognition for their dedication!
Special appreciation goes to Alliance member organization, the Wisconsin Personal Services Association, for hosting the luncheon as part of its winter conference.
Left to right, Patti Becker, Alliance Chairperson; Linda Seemeyer, DHS Secretary; Karen Foxgrover, Consumer and Advocate; and Amanda Winter, Caring Together Award Recipient
In, addition, the Alliance wishes to thank its sponors of the 2016 Caregiver Awards:
- Community Living Alliance
- Consumer Direct Wisconsin
- Cooperative Care
- Creative Community Living Services
- Dungarvin Wisconsin
- Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources
- Herbert H. Kohl Charities
- SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin
- Society’s Assets
- The Management Group (TMG)
- Wisconsin Assisted Living Association
- Wisconsin Personal Services Association
Meet Eleanore Kurpis, Recipient of the Alliance's 2016 Heart of Family/Friend Caregiving Award!
Read on for the moving nomination from Julie Lupi of Society's Assets about Phillip and his mother Eleanore:
"I am nominating Eleanore for the Heart of Family/Friend Caregiving Award because our staff believes Phillip has come as far as he has because of Eleanore’s outstanding caregiving abilities and her tremendous love for her son. She is always quick to call attention to others that care for Phillip, even though she is his main caregiver and advocate."
Eleanore said that, through this journey with Phillip, she and her family have met other young people along the way and she has shared her story and experiences, with hopes that she can help them. So, not only has Eleanore’s advocacy skills benefited her son, but others with similar disabilities as well.