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Home Care Day

09/04/2021

WHEREAS, in 2020, there were 2.3 million home care workers nationally; and over 50,000 in Virginia; and

WHEREAS, home care workers empower older adults and people with disabilities to live with dignity; and

WHEREAS, with more than 10,000 people in America turning 65 each day, the rising demand for in-home care has made home care work one of the fastest growing professions in the country; and

WHEREAS, home care workers do some of the most important, frontline healthcare work in our communities; and

WHEREAS, home care workers perform their duties with grace and professionalism to improve the lives of those in our communities who need in-home care; and

WHEREAS, these compassionate workers provide essential, direct, hands-on care that ensures Virginians can live independently at home; and

WHEREAS, the services home care workers provide their client(s) can be challenging,  but the compassion exhibited by home care workers keeps our communities strong; and

WHEREAS, home care workers believe that everyone, no matter who they are or where they come from, should have access to high-quality long term care; and

WHEREAS, home care workers are uniting together to advocate for the living wages, affordable health care, paid leave, and personal protection equipment they need to care for themselves and their families, while they care for others;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 4, 2021, as HOME CARE DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.