They are on the frontline – some have even given their lives. Yet the majority of care workers must survive on the minimum wage.
They are dying at roughly twice the rate of the general population and are struggling with a lack of protective equipment putting them in harm’s way every day they go to work.
And their cramped living conditions often mean it’s near impossible for them to socially distance.
Now a coalition of 100 charities is demanding they be given a wage they can live on.
Our Social Affairs editor Jackie Long reports.