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Medical News & Perspectives
June 11, 2008

Programs Bring Care to Homebound Seniors

JAMA. 2008;299(22):2618-2619. doi:10.1001/jama.299.22.2618

For Eric Hardt, MD, another “day at the office” often takes place outside the walls of his workplace, in a gritty Boston neighborhood. Today, he's in one such neighborhood, to make home visits to 4 elderly patients who would have great difficulty getting to the clinic at Boston Medical Center.

Hardt grabs his bag and heads to his first appointment. The patient, a lively woman in her 90s, still lives in the same neat and inviting apartment she moved into decades earlier but became a home care patient a few years ago when forgetfulness—the first sign of early dementia—stopped her from coming into the clinic. Before he begins her examination, Hardt banters back and forth with the patient and her friend, a woman from the neighborhood who regularly looks in on the elderly woman.

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