While I appreciate Brad Shannon’s coverage of state employees’ contracts, I strongly object to “do chores” as his way of describing home care aides in his article on April 4. The care I provide for my client is professional, takes training, is life-affirming and is much, much more than chores. I help my client get out of bed, eat, bathe and go to the toilet.
The work I do as a home care aide is the front line of the health care delivery system in Washington. And if I don’t do it, it doesn’t get done.
More home care aides will be needed to care for our aging population in the coming years. We will need better pay to retain future home care aides, and we’ve earned and deserve respect. Our work caring for vulnerable human beings is much more than chores.