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January 9, 1943

Housekeeping Service for Chronic Patients: An Analysis of a Service for the Chronically Sick and the Infirm Aged Operated by the Work Projects Administration

JAMA. 1943;121(2):160. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840020068034

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The Welfare Council of New York City supervised a WPA project to provide housekeeping aides in the home care of chronic patients without expense to the patients. From Oct. 1, 1939 to June 30, 1940 such assistance was given for various periods to 2,508 patients, a majority of whom were over 65 years old and suffering from some form of disability which rendered them unable to do their daily household work, two thirds being confined to their homes. About one third required care throughout the year but the remainder for shorter periods. All were under medical supervision, but many did not demand active medical care. There was an extensive system of supervision, mostly by medical social workers, which must have added greatly to the overhead expense. Unfortunately there are no figures given as to the total cost. Economic changes and the dissolution of the Work Projects Administration has now ended

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