How to request PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic
Homecare workers and personal support workers, including personal care attendants, can request masks, cloth face coverings and gloves (protective personal equipment or PPE) by completing and submitting a request on SEIU’s online form or by sending an email to OHCC:
Benefits available during the COVID-19 pandemic
For homecare, personal support workers and personal care attendants:
Offered through Carewell SEIU 503
Flu prevention resources
People can spread the flu even if they don't know they’re sick. The flu can be more serious for some people, including older adults, young children and people with certain health conditions.
Oregon Health Authority’s flu prevention website to learn how to prevent the flu, where to find flu vaccine in your community, and flu fact sheets in multiple languages.
HCC Trainings - Protecting Health and Safety
Protecting your health and safety while working as a homecare and personal support worker is very important. OHCC encourages workers to take the following courses by enrolling through the Registry or calling OHCC at 1-877-867-0077.
Preventing Disease Transmission*
This course is usually offered in-person, but to protect the health and safety of attendees during the pandemic, the course is offered as a two-hour webinar. The course covers:
- Causes of infectious disease and routes of transmission
- COVID-19 information
- Standard precautions, proper hand-washing techniques, and protective personal equipment (PPE)
- Reducing risks
- Housekeeping and caregiving best practices
*This course counts towards earning 2.5 hours of safety-type credits for the Professional Development Certification.
Important Information About COVID-19
|3/15/2022||Infographic and new policy: COVID-19 Mask and Cloth Face Covering Guidance for Consumer-Employers and Homecare Workers|
|3/11/2022||Updated mask guidance for providers|
|1/28/2021||COVID-19 vaccine clinics by county|
|8/26/2020||Interim COVID-19 Infection Control Guidance for Home Care Workers|
|6/29/2020||Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Homecare and Personal Support Workers|
|4/29/2020||Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 for Homecare and Personal Support Workers|
|3/16/2020||Flu Season and Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention for Homecare and Personal Support Workers|
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Resources
|6/28/2020||Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19|
|8/7/2020||Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings|
|8/25/2020||Wildfire Smoke and COVID-19|
|9/10/2020||The Science Behind Hand Washing|
|9/11/2020||Guidance of the Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19|
Infection Control Resources
Injured on the job?
Homecare workers and personal support workers who are represented by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 503 are eligible for workers' compensation coverage for injuries that occur on the job.
For more information, see this flyer from SAIF:
801 Claim Form
To request an 801 Claim Form or for assistance with filing a claim, please contact:
Kelly Rosenau, Workers' Compensation Coordinator
Oregon Home Care Commission
550 Capitol St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
When seeking medical attention
Complete Form 827: Worker's and Health Care Provider's Report
Forward the completed form to:
400 High St. NE
Salem, OR 97312
Learn more about filing a claim and the claim process