Resolution J3537-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim February 14, 2014, as Direct Caregivers Day in the State of New York



  • Feb 27, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Feb 12, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim February 14, 2014, as Direct Caregivers Day in the State of New

WHEREAS, It is the conviction of this Legislative Body that those  indi-
viduals who faithfully serve the needs of the community and its citizens
with  diligence  and  compassionate commitment profoundly strengthen our
shared commitment to family and community life; and
  WHEREAS, It is, furthermore, the sense of  this  Legislative  Body  to
recognize  the  efforts of direct caregivers who, in providing essential
care and support to people in the communities  across  New  York  State,
serve  to  enhance  the  quality of life for some of our most vulnerable
residents; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concerns, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to  memorial-
ize  Governor  Andrew  M. Cuomo to proclaim February 14, 2014, as Direct
Caregivers Day in the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Direct caregivers are a vital lifeline to those  they  serve,
as well as to families and friends struggling to provide quality care to
their  loved  ones; they provide the bulk of the paid hands-on long-term
care and personal assistance received by Americans who  are  elderly  or
living with disabilities or chronic conditions; and
  WHEREAS, Direct caregivers provide a broad range of critical tasks and
services  that  improve  the lives of those who need home or residential
care; they assist individuals with activities of daily  living,  perform
clinical  tasks,  help  with  homemaking and medication management, help
consumers remain engaged in their communities, and serve as the eyes and
ears for licensed professionals; and
  WHEREAS, Direct caregivers also constitute  one  of  the  largest  and
fastest-growing  workforces  in the country, playing a vital role in job
creation and economic growth; serving in  roles  that  include:  nursing
assistants,  home  health  aides,  and personal care aides, they work in
hospitals, nursing facilities, assisted  living  facilities,  community-
based  residential  settings,  non-residential  day programs and private
homes; and
  WHEREAS, Key members of the health care system, there were  more  than
three  million  direct caregivers in the United States in 2008; in 2006,
more than 317,000 paid direct  caregivers  were  employed  in  New  York
State, the majority of whom provided care in the home; and
  WHEREAS,  These essential workers carry out their life-affirming tasks
despite low wages; about 45% of direct  caregivers  live  in  households
earning  below  200 percent of the federal poverty level income, and 46%
of direct caregivers use  public  benefits  such  as  Medicaid  or  food
stamps; and
  WHEREAS,  As  team  members  of  one  of the largest industries in the
United States, the dedicated  efforts  of  direct  caregivers  often  go
unheralded in the media, and unnoticed by the general public; and
  WHEREAS,  New Yorkers benefit daily from the caring and skilled atten-
tion of these individuals and it is appropriate to recognize  the  innu-
merable  contributions of direct caregivers by designating a special day
in their honor; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
memorialize  Governor  Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim February 14, 2014, as
Direct Caregivers Day in the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State  of  New


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