1199SEIU & Assemblymember Sarah Clark Join Home Care Advocates to Call for End of Home Care Shortage

February 22, 2022


For Immediate Release:
Press Contacts: Monica Klein, monica@seneca-strategies.com, 917-565-0715

Rochester resident Flip Polizzi Rivera is forced to remain in nursing home, despite buying a house, because he cannot find home care

New York currently faces worst home care shortage in the nation

ROCHESTER, NY — Assemblymember Sarah Clark will tomorrow join home care advocates and Rochester resident Flip Polizzi Rivera to call for an end to New York’s worst home care shortage in the nation. Polizzi, who currently resides in a nursing home, cannot move into the house he purchased for himself because he cannot find home care workers due to the shortage. Press conference attendees will include Rochester home care consumers, workers, and advocates calling for an end to the home care shortage by passing the Fair Pay for Home Care Act. Research has shown low wages are the single largest driving factor creating the shortage.

WHAT: Press Conference with Assemblymember Sarah Clark, Home Care Consumers and Workers Calling for End to the Statewide Home Care Shortage

WHERE: Inside the unoccupied house of Rochester Resident Flip Polizzi Rivera — who is living in a nursing home because he cannot find home care

Rochester NY 

WHEN: 10:30 AM, Wednesday, February 23, 2022

WHO: Assemblymember Sarah Clark
Rochester nursing home resident Flip Polizzi Rivera
Rochester home care consumers and workers
New York Caring Majority
Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network

Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State With New York’s 65+ population slated to grow 25% in the next 20 years, the workforce shortage is projected to increase exponentially: New York will have more than 600,000 home care job openings by 2026. Additionally, research has found that recovering Covid patients fare far better in home care than nursing homes. Fair Pay for Home Care would more than pay for itself through increased spending, job creation and moving home care workers off of social assistance.

About the New York Caring Majority: The New York Caring Majority is a coalition of organizations including Hand in Hand, Cooperative Homecare Associates, Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of NY State, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC), Live On, and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and others who advocate for seniors, people with disabilities, family caregivers, and domestic and homecare workers in the state of New York.