‘Home Health Aides from Hell’


Poor Background Checks, Absence of Fingerprinting Requirements Place Millions of the Nation’s Elderly in Danger


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The following news reports were also filed in the state of New York in 2014.

On April 2, the Bronx division of News 12 reported that Maria Milano, who worked as a home health aide, “had been charged with 13 counts of assault, two counts of welfare endangerment, and harassment after allegedly abusing Isabel Sosa. Sosa, 76, suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Sosa told her son, David, that Milano would repeatedly knee her side, hit her legs, choke her, and left a lump on the back of her head.”

On September 11, the New York Daily News reported…. “A 99-year-old Staten Island man was still living at home, headed toward his 100th birthday — until hired home health aides “killed my father,” the man’s distraught daughter says.

“Disturbing surveillance video captures the horrific abuse inflicted in the months before Peter Mazza’s death this summer.

“His family members say aides working for the Nurse Service of New York and Partners in Care were hired to provide round-the-clock care for the ailing, elderly man — but instead the aides were negligent and abusive, leaving the man to fend for himself after one April fall that left the man with fractures and head injuries, the suit claims.

“He died in a nursing home weeks later, after deteriorating at a hospital. Mazza never had a chance to return to his Oakwood home on Montreal Avenue, where the grandfather to 13 spent 47 years raising his five children.”

Jack Halpern is the CEO of the New York City-based My Elder Advocate, LLC. As its name suggests, the organization provides advocacy services and helps seniors with issues such as eviction prevention, nursing home and hospital crisis intervention, nursing home or assisted living placement and long term care planning. Mr. Halpern joins me to explain why abuse by home health aides has reached a crisis point in New York, as well as other sections of the country, and what can be done to address the problem.

The interview was conducted at My Elder Advocate, LLC’s office on March 9, 2015.

Information pertaining to this episode is available through the following links:

My Elder Advocate, LLC.

New York State Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

New York Times article on Excellent Home Care and Extended Home Care

Village Voice article on Howard Fensterman and Excellent Home Care

New York Times article on Visiting Nurse Service-affiliate whose home health aides were charged with murder

Bronx 12 News report

New York Daily News report

News video on two separate murders committed by home health aides