Home support workers in DHB and Local Body elections
30 Aug 2019
What do the upcoming Local Body and DHB elections mean for home support workers?
We are preparing an info pack that will provide information and facts for support workers to meet with candidates and politicians to let them know the problems we have in home support:
- cutting of care in clients time
- problems with guaranteed hours
- lack of funding to increase your travel reimbursement payments
- lack of training support by some providers
We need you be part of this campaign, to seek DHB and local body candidates support, and commitment to make a positive change and properly fund home support.
Home support workers have had some significant wins over the last few years. From the equal pay victory, to guaranteed hours, to in-between travel payments… the hard work of union members has paved the way for a better sector. However, most home support workers are finding that some significant issues remain, and hard work isn’t being rewarded fairly. We know what we need to make this sector thrive – now let’s bring this home.
Download our information booklet about home support workers here to find out more about:
- A timeline of progress for home support workers
- What home support workers need
- What we can do to improve work conditions for home support
- Testimonials from industry members
Home-based care and support is an essential service. It enables many older people and those with disabilities to continue living at home by assisting them with their personal care, health needs and household chores.
It saves the country a lot of money
Supporting people to live at home is less costly than hospital or residential care.
But it is compromised by inadequate funding
What New Zealand spends on home-care is not enough to maintain a stable workforce able to meet the needs of the frail and elderly.
Home-based care and support relies on an under-paid workforce
Most workers are paid little more than the minimum wage and can’t rely on a regular income.
Poor pay is destabilising the service
Low pay leads to high staff turnover and the loss of skills and experience, compromising the quality and availability of care.
Standards of care are variable
There are no mandatory training standards for home-based care, and little investment in training workers.
We face a crisis if nothing changes
The population is ageing and needs are becoming more complex. The demands for home-care will continue to grow but we are ill-placed to meet them.
The quality and availability of home-care matter to all of us
Many of us have family members who need this support. We’ll probably need it ourselves one day.