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Gregoire walked in home healthcare worker’s shoes this morning

Post by News Tribune Staff on June 30, 2008 at 1:41 pm with No Comments »
June 30, 2008 1:41 pm

I joined Gov. Chris Gregoire at 7:30 this morning Rosa Vadillo’s home in East Tacoma. Gregoire had breakfast with Vadillo’s family before heading to Rita Madding’s house in Central Tacoma.

Vadillo is Madding’s home healthcare worker. She visits her home six days a week to feed her, change her bedding and take care of other things around the house that Madding’s disability prevent her from doing.

This morning, Gregoire helped prepare breakfast, restock Madding’s bedside snacks, cleaned out the bedside toilet and did other chores around the house. I’ll be writing about it for tomorrow’s paper.

The gist: It was a bit of a dog and pony show, but that’s to be expected: If the governor walks into the home of someone she doesn’t know to do a job she’s never done, there’s a lot of training and not a lot of doing. More on that later.

The point of the visit was to show Gregoire what healthcare workers do on a daily basis. After the session, Vadillo, Gregoire and Madding all said home healthcare workers need more training. The Legislature has tried to get that accomplished in the past but failed because no one seemed to agree on how much training they need. This year, it will likely be up to voters via Initiative 1029. Read Joe’s story about it here.

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