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.

Key Stakeholders Shut Out of IDOA Community Care Program Services Task Force-Political Vendetta?

Leading senior advocates and the union representing 25,000 home care aides in the Community Care Program left out of Task Force after public criticism of Rauner plan to ration care SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner’s scheme to cut 36,000 Illinois …

Statewide Home Care Membership Meetings in August

Our monthly membership meetings for home care workers are just around the corner! Mark your calendar for the meeting in your area and RSVP here to let us know you’ll be there.                 …

Personal Assistants: Pay Day Calendar Changes

Update for Personal Assistants regarding pay dates: Our union believes that you should expect payment on Aug. 28 as indicated on the State’s new payroll schedule. We are still working to get pay dates changed back to the regular schedule, but …

DORS August 2 Telephone Town Hall Meeting Recap

Update as of August 17 for Personal Assistants regarding pay dates: Our union believes that you should expect payment on Aug. 28 as indicated on the State’s new payroll schedule. We are still working to get pay dates changed back to the regular …

Greg Kelley: The caregivers are the ones owed a higher wage

The following op-ed from our union president, Greg Kelley, appeared in the State Journal Register on July 29th. In a recent online article from WCIA-TV titled “Rauner pays new staff lucrative salaries,” the governor said Illinois citizens “owe” his highly-paid …

DORS Personal Assistants & MHH Workers Win Raises in Illinois Budget

Following the devastating two-year budget impasse, the Illinois General Assembly finally approved a new state budget after voting to override Governor Rauner’s veto. So much damage has already been done, but we are finally getting our state back on track. Our …

Home Care Aides Win in Illinois State Budget!

Following the devastating two-year budget impasse, the Illinois General Assembly finally approved a new state budget after voting to override Governor Rauner’s veto. So much damage has already been done, but we are finally getting our state back on track. …

Faith Leaders Pray for Gov. Rauner, Leaders to Stand Up to GOP Healthcare Overhaul

  Call on Elected Officials to Hear the Cries of the People and Commit to a new Illinois Healthcare Covenant More photos from the event available via this Facebook link: https://goo.gl/7vMfSN CHICAGO (July 18, 2017)—Religious leaders from major faith traditions today …

In Budget Override, IL Home Care for Seniors Dodges Bullet-But Danger Still Lurks

SPRINGFIELD – Following is the statement of Save IL Home Care for Seniors, a coalition constituted of Caring Across Generations; AARP Illinois; the Alzheimer’s Association, Illinois Chapter; the Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans; and SEIU Healthcare Illinois upon the House override of Gov. Rauner’s budget veto: “The administration …

At Long Last and After Too Much Damage, A Budget: Gov. Rauner Must Sign and End the Nightmare

SPRINGFIELD–Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley on passage of an Illinois budget: “At long last and after too much damage, the General Assembly displayed political courage today by taking the tough votes and making the …

Do Your Job, Save Healthcare Protest Draws Lots of Press Coverage

HCII members joined over a dozen organizations to protest Governor Rauner and the IL GOP at a fundraiser in Rosemont last night. We told Rauner to do his job and stand up against the GOP healthcare bill. We were thrilled …

Remembering Home Care Worker Amy Zimblemann

We recently lost a leader in our union from downstate Illinois who will be greatly missed. Amy Zimblemann was a champion for home care workers and seniors, stepping up to get involved no matter what the challenge. Whenever our union met …

Illinois General Assembly Take Steps to Correct Misguided, Dangerous Rauner Overtime Policy by Passing HB 3376

Advocates, people with disabilities, and caregivers now call on Rauner to change course Springfield – Following is a statement on behalf of Access Living, Caring Across Generations, and SEIU Healthcare Illinois in response to passage of HB 3376 out of …

BREAKING: Senate Follows House in Passing Historic $15 Minimum Wage Bill

Truest, Best, Fastest Way to Help MILLIONS of Illinois Workers; Gov. Rauner MUST SIGN NOW  SPRINGFIELD-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley following passage tonight in the Senate of Senate Bill 81, legislation to raise the …

Illinois Senate Takes Action to Protect 36,000 Fragile Seniors from Drastic Rauner Cuts to Home Care Services

State lawmakers lend their voice to growing chorus against $120 million cut to the successful Community Care Program SPRINGFIELD – The following is a statement on behalf of Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans and SEIU Healthcare Illinois in response to passage …

Illinois House Advances HB 1424 to Preserve the Successful Community Care Program for 36,000 Seniors

Illinois House Advances HB 1424 to Preserve the Successful Community Care Program for 36,000 Seniors Targeted for Devastating Cuts, Facing Relocation After intense outcry during IDOA public hearings last week, the Illinois House takes action to protect elderly Illinoisans from …

BREAKING: Historic Victory as $15 Bill Wins in House; On To Senate

2.3 MILLION Workers are Closer to a Raise  SPRINGFIELD-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley following passage today in the Illinois House of Representatives of Senate Bill 81, to raise the minimum wage to $15 by …

Illinois House Overwhelmingly Approves HB 3376, Aiming to Reduce Risk of Institutionalization for Thousands under Rauner HSP Overtime Policy

Bill heads to Senate next, paving way to ending months of uncertainty and chaos for over 8,000 people with disabilities SPRINGFIELD – Following is a statement on behalf of Access Living, Caring Across Generations, Illinois Network of Centers for Independent …

BREAKING: House Human Services Committee Approves HB 1424, Advancing Efforts to Protect 36,000 Seniors from Governor Rauner’s Drastic Home Care Cuts

(SPRINGFIELD) – The following is a statement on behalf of Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans and SEIU Healthcare Illinois in response to the Illinois House Human Services Committee vote (7-4) advancing House Bill 1424: “We applaud the members of the …

Introduction of HB 1424/SB 399 Aims to Protect 36,000 Vulnerable Illinois Seniors from Governor Rauner’s Drastic Cuts to Home Care Services

Advocates Warn of Disastrous Consequences for Health & Safety of Elderly if State Lawmakers Don’t Stop Rauner Proposal SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Dan Biss and State Representative Anna Moeller joined AARP Illinois, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Illinois Alliance for Retired …