SB534 aims to give family caregivers some respite from their unpaid labor of love, looking after seniors at home. For some, that has meant giving up paid professional work or cutting back on hours. There are financial, emotional and physical costs to the caregiving that is now largely borne, unheralded and unpaid. Pedro Haro and Kathy Jaycox share their work on this bill for caregiver compensation.
Pedro Haro is the Hawaii Community Organizer for Caring Across Generations, a national movement of families, caregivers, people with disabilities and aging Americans working to transform the way we care in this country. He is putting together the rally organized by Care For Our Kupuna, on Feb 7 at 10 a.m. at the Rotunda to urge legislators to do something this session to address the challenge presented by our demographics.
Kathy Jaycox, a Kailua resident since 1992, developed many coalitions across institutional boundaries. This has included partnering the UH Community Colleges with the Hawaii DOE to implement Running Start, which allows high school students to enroll in college courses and earn dual credit.
Kathy also considers herself the "birth mother" of the Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education, an alliance of pre-K, K-12 and higher education.
In retirement, she continues to be an organizational bridge builder. As the Oahu president of FACE, Faith Action for Community Equity, she works with a coalition of 23 organizations -- most of them faith-based -- to address issues of social justice.