For ‘Hidden Heroes’ In Home Care, Pandemic’s Front Lines Extend Into Kitchens And Bedrooms

shared courtesy of Portland Press Herald

In the battle against coronavirus, hospital and nursing home workers are often described as being on the front lines as they put themselves at risk to care for others.

But for thousands of personal care assistants, hospice staff or direct support workers across Maine, that moving front line may be a bedroom or a kitchen table in a private home or a small group home.

That intimate, in-person care – already a critical safety net for some older or disabled Mainers – becomes even more important when stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions further isolate home-bound individuals from family or community.

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