Stranger in the House

“Most home health aides offer vital care to the frail and aged. But some have other designs, leaving too many clients vulnerable to theft and worse.

It is a crisis largely unseen, one which state authorities have done little about.”

By Linda Matchan


Boston Globe looks at risks to frail persons in the home from unscrupulous home health aides, including serious injury and death of disabled or elderly individuals. Decisional support through an Office of Public Guardian, which the Institute advocates, would provide a layer of state oversight that presently does not exist to prevent the kind of victimization and abuse described in this article.


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