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.
Call for Nominations for the 2016 Alliance Caregiver Awards: Honor a Caregiver Today!
Frontline caregivers play a critical and indispensable role in creating a quality long-term care community in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Long-Term Care Workforce Alliance’s Caregiver Awards are the only statewide recognition of these outstanding individuals and teams working tirelessly in all service locations.
Do you know a caregiver or team that deserves to be honored for the great work they do? This is your chance – you can nominate caregivers in these categories:
• Spotlight Individual Caregiver Awards (four awards)
• Caring Together Team Award (one team award)
• Heart of Family/Friend Caregiving Award (one award)
Please read the Alliance Caregiver Awards Brochure for criteria for each Award.
How to Nominate
To nominate a caregiver, prepare the Nomination Form and an Essay of 200 words or less, sharing why you believe the person or team deserves the award in the selected category.
You can submit the nomination in two ways:
1) Online Submission: You can complete the Nomination Form and Essay online for the first time this year; OR
2) Mail/Email Submission: You can print and complete the Nomination Form in the Caregiver Awards Brochure, prepare the Essay in a Word document, and then email, mail or fax both to the contacts in the brochure.
You must submit your nomination by October 20, 2016, to be considered.
Announcement and Recognition of Caregiver Award Winners
Each award winner will receive a certificate, a monetary prize and an invitation to be our guest at the Alliance Caregiver Awards Ceremony and Luncheon on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at the Wintergreen Resort in the WI Dells.
Please Thank Our Sponsors - There's Still Time to Become a Sponsor!
We welcome your support - your gift makes the recognition of these outstanding individuals possible! Just complete our easy 2016 Alliance Caregiver Awards Sponsorship Form, and make a gift today!
And please give a huge "THANK YOU" to our 2016 sponsors to-date:
Community Living Alliance
Consumer Direct Wisconsin
Creative Community Living Services
Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources
Herbert H. Kohl Charities
SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin
The Management Group (TMG)
Wisconsin Assisted Living Association
Wisconsin Personal Services Association
Honor a Caregiver Today!
Interested in Improving Training Opportunities for the Direct Care Workforce? Join the Discussion with DWD Employment & Training Leadership on Sept. 14!
The WI Long-Term Care Workforce Alliance is pleased to host Phil Koenig, Director, DWD Bureau of Workforce Training, and Karen Morgan, Director, DWD Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards, at our Wednesday, Sept. 14, Membership meeting in Madison.
Mr. Koenig and Ms. Morgan will share information related to two federal training initiatives being implemented in Wisconsin: the Workforce Investment Opportunities Act (WIOA) and the Wisconsin Apprenticeship Growth and Enhancement Strategies (WAGE$) Project. These initiatives have the potential to raise awareness of, and enhance opportunities for, the long-term care workforce.
Please RSVP today for this great opportunity to join the discussion with DWD leadership.
Mark Your Calendars for Annual Meeting and Caregiver Awards Event December 9
The Alliance Annual Meeting and Caregiver Awards Luncheon Event will take place Friday, December 9, during the Wisconsin Personal Services Association winter conference in the Wisconsin Dells. Please watch for details, and a big "thank you" to Alliance member WPSA for again graciously hosting this meeting!
Enjoy the Stirring Story Featuring Sandy Lorenzen, Recipient of a 2015 Spotlight Award
What do caregivers mean to consumers? Find out here in this inspiring story from last year's Caregiver Awards!
Read on for the moving nomination and quotes from Sandy's supervisor and the people she helps.
"Sandy is like the sister I never had. She is like family to me. She is always on time. She helps me every morning and evening 7 days a week. She even comes in an emergency. I told her she is not allowed to quit or retire until I die. I do not want any other person caring for me. We work very well together."
Alert Your Legislator to the LTC Workforce Crisis Today!
Need for Direct Care Workers + Workforce Shortage Crisis = Time to Advocate for Change!
Help spread the word about the Workforce Crisis! Visit our Advocacy page to find out how to send a personalized Legislator Alert Message to your local legislator.
You will join other allies - we are direct care workers, people receiving support, families, provider agencies and community members. While the message is the same for all of us, we each experience it differently. So we want to make sure the Wisconsin Legislature hears from people all over the state.
A growing coalition of provider associations is working to raise awareness among policy-makers about Wisconsin’s caregiver workforce crisis and to identify a policy approach that will address this critical issue. In addition to our own Wisconsin Long-Term Care Workforce Alliance, the Coalition includes: Wisconsin Health Care Association/Wisconsin Center for Assisted Living, LeadingAge Wisconsin, Wisconsin Assisted Living Association, Residential Services Association of Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Personal Services Association.
Alert Your Legislator to the LTC Workforce Crisis Today!