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Montana’s members of Congress must support homecare workers

Montana has been impacted as severely as any other state by the worldwide epidemic. Worker shortages, hospitalizations, and difficult-to-find supplies make life difficult for all of us.

But it was the most vulnerable who were impacted the worst. People like me look after the disabled, the elderly, and those who need to be cared for at home.

We don’t do it for the money, which is practically insufficient to maintain a family. We do it because it strengthens our communities and our customer’s need and deserves.

We do everything it takes to support the folks we work for, including showering, grocery shopping, and preparing supper. But when it comes down to it, our leaders have not had our backs.

Before the epidemic, in-home caregivers and our clients needed more assistance, but now we’re in crisis mode. Politicians in Washington, D.C., have been talking to themselves for far too long, without considering us, and it is past time for them to act.

There are already initiatives in Congress to solve the low pay, high turnover cycle that affects our industry. We want all of Montana’s congressional representatives to listen to us: Please prioritize us and approve increased funds to help homecare employees.