Back in early 2013, my youngest brother was in a terrible car accident, hit head on. He was critically injured, and had to spend over 6 weeks in the SCU and 3 months in a nursing home recovering.
The doctors did their job just fine, but it was the caregivers and other support staff that were the heart of the operation.
They are the ones who woke him up everyday, they are the ones who turned him over, and gave him a bath; they are the ones who fed him when he needed it and they are the ones who helped him walk again.
Just two weeks ago we celebrated my brothers 3rd birthday since the accident. It was a beautiful celebration. To this day, my brother still goes and visits the staff at the nursing home.
In April, I rallied with caregivers from SEIU as they went on strike for a higher wage. These employees love taking care of our families, but because of the low wages they receive, many struggle to take care of their own families. We live in America, that is unacceptable.
We have to fight for working families to make sure they are receiving a livable wage and other necessary benefits.