Most In-Home Caregivers Receive Low Pay and No Protective Gear

Carnella Marks considers herself lucky. She lives in Chico and has some masks left over from the Camp Fire a few years ago. She’s using them to try and make sure she doesn’t catch coronavirus or pass it along to her 71 year-old father-in-law Albert, who she cares for. He lives with Marks, her husband, and her thirteen-year-old twins.

Marks is an in-home support service (IHSS) worker in Butte County. Like many of the state’s half a million IHSS workers, she takes care of a family member. Mark’s father-in-law has a severe case of Alzheimer’s. He also has heart and cholesterol problems. He was doing much worse before he came to live with them back in September.

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