Only 2.00 Over

Tiny - Posted on 30 November 2017

Her name is Kathy Galves.


For the last four years she was trying to get home care. She started looking in 2014 to get home care. She found out that In Home Supported Services gives free in home support.  She was $2.00 over their limit. Being $2.00 over, she only gets paid $2,000.00 per month.  Medi-cal said she would have to pay a cost-share of $1,500.00 per month. She kept looking for at least four years. Her husband gave her a flyer about a new program from Institute on Aging called Support at Home. After she had a half hour interview in her own home by IOA’s Support at Home’s Assesment Coordinator, Lisa Olsen and the Director of the Support at Home Program.

Lisa Olsen sent all necessary documents to Kathy Galves at her home. Later Kathy hired her Home Care Worker who was also a Home Care Worker of her husband Bruce Allison.


The rules of a home care worker is to keep their client’s area clean at all times and to prepare meals for them. Kathy needed the same service. She received the same from the her care giver. After our Care Giver began working for both clients, Kathy noticed a great improvement. She came up with ideas that impressed me greatly. Also, an Interior Decorator would be highly impressed.

This in home support is costing her an average of $128.00 per month which is within her budget restraints. Compare this to The State of California’s Contract of $1,500.00 per month. This rule was set up in the decade of the 1970s. When Disco was king and the music died.  It is about time that we get out of the 1970s and move into the 21st Century. In  the 21st Century the Cap should be $20,000.00 and The Senior Cost of Living Index should be used to hem up the gap indefinitely.


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