The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) is applauding the provincial government’s announcement today proclaiming Oct. 18 Health Care Aide Day in the province.

AUPE proudly represents more than 13,000 health care aides who provide quality care in every corner of Alberta.

“As a health care aide, I know just how rewarding and important the work is,” said AUPE vice-president Bonnie Gostola. “I also know how challenging and thankless it can seem at times, but it’s critical to note these workers are an integral part of the health care team.

“Celebrating Health Care Aide Day is important. It is necessary to take time to sincerely thank and recognize these professionals who provide vital, life-changing care Albertans depend on.”

Many health care aides work in continuing care facilities and hospitals. Others are on the move every day with in-home visits to care for folks in their neighbourhoods. Their work often means patients continue to live independently for as long as possible.

Gostola also stressed the need for stable, predictable government funding to ensure health care aides can continue delivering person-centered, high quality care.

AUPE is Alberta’s largest union. Its 95,000 members are celebrating 100 years of solidarity in 2019.