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Although retired now, Evelyn Whitner worked several years as a home health aide for Nursing Enterprises Inc. Whitner knows that the home health aides are a vital part of the health care industry. They help people who are disabled, chronically ill or cognitively impaired. They provide care and assistance to older adults who need assistance. “We assist them in performing the activities of daily living…getting in and out of bed, bathing, dressing, keeping track of medication, and so forth.

“I’ve always been very pro-unions,” she added “ People should get paid for services rendered as well as benefits. I want home health aides to feel like we are professionals. Management sometimes talked down to us and didn’t provide us with enough support. When that happens, it’s the client that suffers.”