Home Care


More than 50,000 home care workers are united in SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana. Every day, we provide essential care that helps keep tens of thousands of seniors and people with disabilities healthy and in their homes and communities.
SEIU Healthcare members work as Personal Assistants in the Illinois Department of Human Services/Office of Rehabilitation Services, and as home care aides at agencies across Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. Since 1983—when home care was a minimum-wage job, with no benefits–home care workers have fought for and won living wages and healthcare for home care workers, protected quality home care for seniors and people with disabilities from state budget cuts, and to expand home care to more consumers.
Every day, more home health aides in Indiana, Illinois and Missouri are joining the growing movement of caregivers for quality home care for all consumers, and living wages, healthcare and respect for the home care workforce.

BREAKING: General Assembly passes SB 261 to protect & strengthen supports for people with disabilities

Access Living & SEIU Healthcare Illinois Statement on Passage of Senate Bill 261 Legislation protects and strengthens supports for people with disabilities “We applaud passage of Senate Bill 261, which defends the right of people with disabilities to decide who …

Passage of Senate Bill 261 Shows Desire to Preserve Consumer Choice in Home Services Program

SPRINGFIELD – Following is the joint statement of Access Living and SEIU Healthcare Illinois following passage Wednesday of Senate Bill 261, legislation to reverse the implementation of Rauner rules that have undermined the principle of choice in home healthcare services …

Veto Override in Senate of Child Care (SB 2536) and Home Healthcare (SB 2931) Protection Bills Defies Rauner Attacks

SPRINGFIELD-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Keith Kelleher following the veto override in the Illinois Senate today of Senate Bills 2536 and 2931, legislation to protect the state’s child care and home healthcare workforce from cuts to …

INDIANA ELECTION CENTER

Endorsed Candidates President: Hillary Clinton (D) Governor: John Gregg (D) We encourage our members to look to the Indiana AFL-CIO endorsements for guidance in other races, including U.S. Senate, state legislative districts, and State Superintendent of Schools.   Indiana Voter …

BREAKING: Victory Over Rauner for Child Care & Home Healthcare Workers Amid Mired Contract Talks

In 19th Month of Bargaining, Training and Health Insurance Restored For Thousands of Caregivers CHICAGO-Facing arbitration, the Bruce Rauner administration on Tuesday capitulated and restored health insurance and training for state child care workers and home healthcare personal assistants who …

Hoosiers Rally to Get Out the Vote and Raise the Wage

Gubernatorial Candidate John Gregg Addresses Crowd Concerned with Lost Jobs, Low Wages, and Attacks on Union Rights GARY—Fed up with a minimum wage of just $7.25/hour and corporate attacks on local jobs and union rights, scores of Hoosiers rallied on …

Home Care and Child Care Providers Join Parents & Seniors in Delivering a Message to Big Banks: Give Back the Hundreds of Million in Taxpayer Dollars So Illinois Can Fund Care, Not Profits

Hundreds March and Protest to Highlight How Big Banks Profit from Toxic Bank Deals with State—and Governor Rauner’s Responsibility to Take Back Taxpayer Money for Home Care and Child Care Home care and child care providers joined working parents, seniors, and community …

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, State Representative Candidate Mike Halpin Hear Firsthand about the Devastating Impact of Governor Rauner’s Proposed Home Healthcare Care Cuts

Moline – U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL17) and State Representative candidate Mike Halpin heard from local seniors and home healthcare aides Friday, October 14, at the Moline Public Library about the impact of Governor Rauner’s proposed $200 million cut to …

Missouri Home Care Worker Sherry Golden Attends Presidential Debate #2

Our very own Sherry Golden, a St. Louis home care worker, was in attendance on Sunday, October 9, for the second Presidential Debate held at Washington University. Sherry has been working hard every weekend knocking doors to get the word out …

Amid Withering Testimony Against Rauner OT Rules, Labor Board Issues Unfair Labor Charge; ‘Perfect’ Policy Anything But

CHICAGO-While scores of affected consumers, advocates and workers testified at hearings this week against the brutal and unilaterally-applied Rauner administration policy to limit home healthcare for people with disabilities, the Illinois Labor Relations Board (ILRB) Executive Director has issued an unfair …

Advocates and Workers unite against disastrous overtime cuts that threaten independence and supports of people with disabilities

CHICAGO– On October 3, scores of people with disabilities, workers from the Illinois Home Services Program, and allies and advocates spoke out against proposed rules that jeopardize people with disabilities and personal assistants in the Home Services Program. Consumers and …

Top 10 Questions Rauner Didn’t Answer Today

Governor Rauner advertised a live question-and-answer session today on Facebook. Unfortunately, the Governor came prepared with his own questions and ignored the tough ones about the Governor’s failures. Here are the top 10 quesitons Rauner failed to answer today. 1. …

112th District Candidate Katie Stuart Pledges to Protect Home Healthcare for Seniors from Rauner-Kay Cuts

EDWARDSVILLE – Educator Katie Stuart, candidate for the 112th House District, on Tuesday pledged to oppose the $200 million cuts to home healthcare for seniors in the Governor’s proposed budget that is supported by incumbent Rep. Dwight Kay. “My own grandparents are in their …

ResCare Illinois Home Care Workers the Newest Members of SEIU HCII!

A big congratulations and welcome to the hundreds of ResCare home care workers who recently became the newest members of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana. Caregivers across central Illinois joined workers in Oak Park employed at ResCare in voting YES to …

Former Rauner Supporter Who Receives Home Care Services Says She’s Voting DelGiorno

State Rep. Candidate Tony DelGiorno “Walks a Day” in  Springfield home care worker Linda Grant’s shoes Springfield – Rubbing feet sore from diabetes and her cancer medication, Ida Bowers said she voted for Bruce Rauner in 2014. “I thought he would …

Mathis Job Shadows Caregiver in the Home of Stroke Survivor

August 16, 2016 TAYLORVILLE, Ill. – Knowing that the personal care given to an aging, ill or disabled individual in their homes is some of the most difficult and necessary work happening in our communities, state representative candidate Mike Mathis spent …

After Class-Action Lawsuit Threat, Rauner Withdraws Termination Process for Thousands of Caregivers of People with Disabilities

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 09, 2016 Victory for Workers and Consumers as Cruel Overtime Policy Firings Rescinded at 11th Hour CHICAGO-In a letter delivered Tuesday, the Bruce Rauner administration is announcing officially that it will suspend its punitive …

State of Illinois rescinds disastrous overtime policy

  The Disabled and Labor will continue fight to ensure longevity of Home Services FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                   Wednesday, August 03, 2016 CHICAGO-After months of pressure from people with disabilities and workers …

Important Update: DORS Overtime Changes

Update as of Tuesday, August 9, 2016 We are pleased to also announce that we now have confirmation that all past disciplinary occurrences related to the overtime policy will be rescinded. Again, all disciplinary occurrences that were given out to …

In Veto of Home Care Protections, Grave Rauner Threat to Seniors Remains

  44K At Risk of Forced Institutionalization by $200 Million Dismantling of Popular Community Care Program CHICAGO–News is breaking that Bruce Rauner late Friday vetoed House Bill 4351, which protected seniors who receive home healthcare and the successful Community Care …