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High Turnover of Home Caregivers Makes Life Precarious for Many
January 22, 2023 | ALS in the News
The supply of home health aides isn’t meeting growing demand as America ages and many people prefer to stay out of facilities
By Clare Ansberry | Photographs by Michelle Gustafson for The Wall Street Journal
Jan. 22, 2023 1:02 pm ET
Mary Barket, a 66-year-old widow with a degenerative muscular disorder and no family around to help, has had seven different caregivers come through her home in the past six months.
On a recent Saturday morning, she was told by the home care agency that her caregiver wasn’t coming that day and that it couldn’t send a substitute, she says. Ms. Barket had one meal to last her until Monday, when the next caregiver was due.
“My hands don’t work. I can’t even open a box,” says Ms. Barket, who has ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. “It’s a very tenuous situation.”