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.

June Home Care Membership Meetings

Saturday, June 30 SOUTH SUBURBS: 9:30 a.m. at the Markham Public Library 16640 Kedzie Avenue, Markham, IL CHICAGO: 10 a.m. at the Chicago SEIU Office 2229 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL ROCKFORD: 10 a.m. at the Rockford SEIU Office 4920 E. …

Help at Home Workers Take Action for Promised Raises that Hundreds are Still Awaiting

Help at Home workers fought and won 73-cent raises during our last round of contract negotiations, but hundreds of Help at Home home care aides are still waiting for the full raises they are owed. Help at Home is the …

May Home Care Membership Meetings

                May Home Care Membership Meetings   Saturday, May 19 South Suburbs: 9:30 a.m. at the Harvey Community Center 15320 Center Avenue, Harvey, IL Chicago: 10 a.m. at the SEIU office 2229 S. …

DORS 48-Cent Raise UPDATE

We wanted to keep you informed on our ongoing lawsuit involving the 48-cent raises that we won in last summer’s budget agreement, which Governor Rauner has been illegally withholding. In March, a Judge ruled with us, stating that Rauner’s actions …

April Home Care Membership Meetings

  Saturday, April 28 South Suburbs: 9:30 a.m. at a *New Location* Markham Public Library, 16640 S. Kedzie Ave., Markham, IL Chicago: 10 a.m. at the SEIU Office 2229 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL Rockford: 10 a.m. at the SEIU …

Personal Assistants Step Up & Speak Out Statewide Demanding Rauner Release 48-Cent Raises & Back Pay Owed

This week, Personal Assistants for people with disabilities held press conferences and actions in Carbondale, Rockford, Peoria, Chicago, Springfield, and Champaign to denounce Governor Rauner’s plan to appeal the Court’s decision regarding our 48-cent raises. On March 13, a Cook …

Home Care Worker, Coston Plummer, Speaks at “Fair Tax Now!” Rally

(March 27, 2018, Chicago) — Coston Plummer, our home care worker, spoke at the “Fair Tax Now!” rally outside the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. See his speech below. ____________________ My name is Coston Plummer and I am honored to …

Rauner to Appeal Decision on 48-cent Raises for Personal Assistants

Last week, we reported that a Cook County Judge sided with us, ruling that Gov. Rauner broke the law by refusing to release our 48-cent raises and our back pay that’s owed since August 5, 2017. The judge ordered that Rauner …

28,000 Caregivers Vindicated: Court Rules Rauner Illegally Withheld $.48 Raise from Those Caring for People with Disabilities

Chicago – Late yesterday, tens of thousands of Illinois caregivers for people with disabilities received the good news they’ve waited seven months for: Governor Rauner’s move to withhold a $.48 raise that the General Assembly approved in last summer’s budget …

BREAKING NEWS: Judge Says Rauner Illegally Withheld PA Raises

We have some excellent, breaking news to share – WE WON our lawsuit against Governor Rauner regarding the $.48 raise for Personal Assistants and Maintenance Home Health workers! The judge just ruled that Rauner broke the law by illegally withholding our …

Rep. Welch, Sen Biss: NEW BENEFIT for Long-Term Care of Seniors, People W/Disabilities to Be Established in New Legislative Push;

Crisis of Care With Aging of Illinois Placing Unsustainable Stresses on Family Budgets, State Finances; Opportunity for a New Framework WATCH THE PRESS CONFERENCE HERE: https://livestream.com/blueroomstream/events/8076257/videos/170848425 SPRINGFIELD-With the aging crisis ongoing and accelerating, legislative action is required now to keep Illinois …

SEIU Home Care March Membership Meetings

Saturday, March 17 SOUTH SUBURBS: 9:30 a.m. at the Harvey Community Center, 15320 Center Street, Harvey, IL CHICAGO: 10 a.m. at the SEIU office, 2229 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL ROCKFORD: 10 a.m. at the SEIU office, 4920 E. State Street, Rockford, …

A Rauner Budget Closer Look: 5 Failures for Seniors, People With Disabilities & Caregivers

As details emerge from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s FY 2019 Budget, one thing is clear: His pattern of diminishing services and ending protections for seniors and people with disabilities who rely on home healthcare-and their caregivers-remains constant.   Here’s a quick …

On Valentine’s Day, Personal Assistants Call On Governor Rauner to ‘Have a Heart’

On Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14, caregivers and people with disabilities held a press conference outside Daley Plaza to call on Governor Bruce Rauner to ‘have a heart’ and release the 48-cent raises that were approved in last summer’s bipartisan budget …

DORS Home Care: Taking Action for Our Raises while Rauner Proposes to Eliminate Them

Today, we took action in Chicago calling on Bruce Rauner to have a heart this Valentine’s Day and release our $.48/hour raises!  As you know, the General Assembly passed a budget last summer that included these raises for Personal Assistants and …

DOA Home Care Update: What’s in Rauner’s Proposed Budget?

Governor Bruce Rauner gave his budget address today, but we didn’t hear much about what’s really in the details of his proposal.  Well, we took a closer look and you won’t believe what Rauner wants to do.  The raises we …

Illinois Must Invest In-NOT Defund-Home Healthcare for Seniors, People With Disabilities

Caregiving Coalition Budget Response to the Governor’s Budget Address: SPRINGFIELD-Following is the joint statement of Illinois Caring Across Generations, Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans, Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living, Access Living, Jane Addams Senior Caucus and SEIU Healthcare …

Gov. Rauner’s Budget is Out-of-Whack

SPRINGFIELD-Following is the response of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s FY 2019 Budget Address: “Gov. Bruce Rauner is probably best known for using the budget process to take Illinois hostage for his non-budgetary political demands. …

Gubernatorial Campaigns Discuss Home Care, CCP Program at Senior Forum

Four campaigns vying for the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor appeared at a forum in Springfield at Senior Services of Central Illinois to discuss their stances on long term care for seniors, Medicaid, pensions, home care services, and more. Over …

Poor People’s Campaign Kicks off in Illinois & Missouri

In 1968, Martin Luther King started a Poor People’s Campaign to end poverty. Today, 50 years later, SEIU members, faith leaders, and community members are renewing the fight. We’re fighting so home care, child care, hospital, and nursing home workers …