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Crosscurrents

As Caregiving Shifts To The Home, Scrutiny Is Lacking

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Linda Maureen Raye at her sentencing at the Riverside County Hall of Justice. Raye pleaded guilty to elder abuse that led to the death of her mother

People over the age of 65 are one of the largest demographic groups in the country. And here in California, the number of senior citizens is expected to nearly double by 2030. How we care for our aging population is a big question. More and more, elderly and disabled Californians are choosing in-home care rather than living in nursing homes. Reporter Anna Gorman has the story. 

Martin Hernandez: We're not there every year, and even that is not enough to tell whose being harmed...If you've been convicted of elder abuse or child abuse or welfare fraud, you really can't be a provider. But you can get a waiver if you've robbed a bank or beaten up your spouse.

That piece was produced by Anna Gorman for Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service reporting on health care policy and politics. It originally aired in January 215. To find out more, click here