Home Care

Training Needed for Home Care Is Lacking

Niko J. Kallianiotis for The New York Times Most people don’t possess the nursing skills to care for a sick, elderly relative at home. Elaine James, 76, who has dementia, was assisted by her daughter, Wendy James, 37, at a nursing home in New Rochelle in August. “H” from Chicago, I heard you when you(…)

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Help by the Hour, or Less

Lynne Sladky/Associated Press Most home health aides are hired for a minimum four-hour shift. Here is a bright idea that ought to spread: You call your home care agency and say you will need your mother’s aide for the normal two hours on Monday and Wednesday, but for just half an hour (to drive her(…)

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Who’s Watching Mom?

My mom, who had multiple sclerosis, depended on private duty companions at home — first part-time, then full-time — for nearly 30 years. Some of these women stole from her. Some ordered groceries on her dime and carried them away at the end of a shift. Some ignored her cries for assistance when they didn’t(…)

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