My name is Kesha Haynie and I live in Magalia, CA. I have been an in-home caregiver since 2008 and I currently care for my client, Mary, who is 87 and lives in Chico.
I have cared for Mary through California’s Medicaid-funded home care program, IHSS, for almost a year and a half. She’s more self-sufficient in her personal care than some of my clients have been, but she has severe spine problems and can’t bend over. She needs help around the house cleaning, doing laundry, changing the bed, and any activities that require bending, and I drive her car for her and do her shopping.
Prior to Mary, I had a client who lived with a brain injury. She couldn’t tell when she had to go to the bathroom and needed a caregiver like me to clean her up after her accidents.
Despite varied health issues and needs, IHSS is important to all my clients because it allows them to receive quality care in the comfort of their homes. And it is a support for their family members who are not able to provide the care themselves. Being an IHSS caregiver is a blessing for me because I can be of service to those who need extra care and help.
If something were to happen to IHSS, Mary would definitely struggle. She is on a fixed income and can’t afford private care. She may be forced to live without any care at all!
I want to say to legislators that are considering cutting Medicaid and IHSS: this could be you and your loved ones. What would you do if your care was cut?
Kesha Haynie’s client is a constituent of Congressman Doug LaMalfa, who voted to repeal our health care and cut Medicaid by at least $880 billion dollars.