Caring for our caregivers

Every day across our nation, approximately two million people, including 73,000 in Illinois, go to work caring for people in their homes. They bathe our parents and grandparents, and administer their medications. They help our children with disabilities get dressed. They brush our sisters’ hair, and assist our brothers with shaving. They prepare meals for our elderly neighbors; monitor blood pressure for our aunts and uncles; help our friends with physical therapy exercises.

Their work is demanding. It can be dirty. It can be physically exhausting and emotionally draining. But it can also be enormously satisfying. Most importantly, it allows our loved ones to live in their homes with dignity and independence, rather than in institutions.

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