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Riverside County Social Services Celebrates In-Home Caregivers at November Events

For Immediate Release

November 18, 2021

Contact: Gene Kennedy
Senior Public Information Specialist
(951) 203-0343

Riverside County Social Services Celebrates In-Home Caregivers at November Events
Caregivers recognized this week at drive-through and online appreciation events

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif.— Gloria Gilbert grinned ear-to-ear as social services staff and community partners showered her and hundreds of in-home caregivers with gifts on Thursday to thank them for their year-round support of the county’s vulnerable seniors and dependent individuals.

Gilbert and other In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) caregivers visited two separate drive-through resource fairs in Moreno Valley today and yesterday in Indio. Staff and volunteers filled her car’s trunk with non-perishable food, gift cards, personal protective equipment and informative caregiving brochures.

“You leave with a sense of ‘I have value’ and can do what I love with supplies and resources and you just love what you do more,“ said Gilbert, who’s from Perris and cares for her grandson who has disabilities.

IHSS is a statewide program that provides eligible residents with access to caregivers who help vulnerable community members live safely, independently and with dignity at home.

November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the county’s 34,000 IHSS workers who help over 40,000 older and at-risk community members who might otherwise require care in a residential or skilled nursing facility.

At an online appreciation event Tuesday, staff and community partners provided training, self-care exercises and recognized that caregivers are not defined simply by their work.
“Our IHSS workers are more than caregivers. They are moms, dads and friends. We encourage them to celebrate their passions and interests and celebrate their many contributions to our communities and the lives they touch every day,” said Eva Krottmayer, executive director for the IHSS Public Authority.

Krottmayer also encouraged attendees to spread the word about the need for more IHSS workers as the county faces an ongoing caregiver shortage, particularly in desert and rural communities. Those interested in becoming a Riverside County IHSS caregiver can apply online at RiversideIHSS.org.

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