A HAMPER FULL OF LAUNDRY AND A GROCERY BAG
Two common household items that seem easy enough to empty or fill. Easy enough for people who don’t need long-term services and supports.
As a home care aide, I provide vital services for seniors and people with disabilities – people whose laundry requires special treatments and whose dietary needs can’t rely on whim, but require careful planning.
The current State Senate budget proposal for the 2013 to 2015 biennium would cut funding for home care services including laundry and shopping.
Some lawmakers believe – wrongly – that volunteers will come fill in to help my clients do their laundry and will drive them more than 45 minutes to pick up groceries or medications. Home care clients have already lost an average of 15 percent of their home care hours through arbitrary budget cuts. More cuts to hours are penny wise and pound foolish because they will cause vulnerable seniors to go to more expensive settings like nursing homes.
If caregivers don’t caregivers don’t do laundry, shopping, or provide vital home care services, thousands of vulnerable Washington residents will have rubbish pile up, laundry overflow and cupboards go bare.
Under the Senate plan, big corporations and special interests get priority over vulnerable adults though costly tax breaks.
There’s a better approach. Eliminate tax loopholes and use the money instead to help seniors and people with disabilities.
Richard Ross, Kirkland
DONATE, REUSE, RECYCLE
Waste Management North Sound has over 250 employees who are committed to creating sustainable communities.
Our mission is to maximize resource value, while minimizing environmental impact so that both our economy and our environment can thrive. Our goal is to be part of the solution to the problems that sparked the original idea for Earth Day, and while that is a 365-day-per-year job, Earth Day is a good reminder of our commitment.
In honor of Earth Day which was April 22, Waste Management (WM) of North Sound would like to share a few helpful recycling tips for residents and businesses in Woodinville.
These few simple changes can go a long way in helping to do our part in preserving the planet all year long:
• Recycle paper and packaging: It’s an easy way to do your part.
• Compost food scraps and kitchen waste: Set-up your own backyard compost or utilize your food/yard waste services.
• Don’t forget about e-waste: Computers, electronics, batteries and light bulbs are all recyclable today. To find out where and how, check out online resources including King County website and Waste Management’s Lamptracker.
• Donate, reuse and recycle items before throwing them into the garbage
• Harmful materials like chemicals, batteries, electronics should be taken to local hazardous waste depots or recyclers.
Jeff McMahon, District ManagerWaste Management-North Sound, Woodinville