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Jon Miller sits in his bedroom with his dog, Carlos, whom he received as a present for successfully completing cancer treatment a decade ago. Miller sustained severe brain damage, and requires the help of home health aides to continue living in his home. Natalie Krebs/Side Effects Public Media hide caption

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Students at a training program, Cooperative Home Care Associates in New York, practice basic skills like a bed-bath on each other. Home health aides, provide basic, day-to-day support for elderly and disabled people, allowing them to age at home. Kavitha Cardoza hide caption

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There's A Shortage Of Home Health Aides For The Elderly, And It's Getting Worse

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Kathleen McAuliffe, a home care worker for Catholic Charities in a Portland, Maine, suburb, helps client John Gardner with his weekly chores. McAuliffe shops for Gardner's groceries, cleans his home and runs errands for him during her weekly visit. Brianna Soukup/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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President Joe Biden's nearly $2 trillion proposal to support U.S. jobs and infrastructure includes $400 billion to fund the kinds of home-based, long-term health care services and aides that many families have, until now, found unaffordable. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Homebound senior Louise Delija, 93, receives a meal delivery in Brooklyn, New York. Since the pandemic began, demand for help from seniors has ballooned. Ted Shaffrey/AP hide caption

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Amid Isolation And Loneliness, Elderly Face Crumbling Safety Net

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Matt Ford is seen in Verona, Wis., with one of his caregivers, Grace Brunette. An accident in 1987 left Ford paralyzed in all four limbs. He needs help getting in and out of bed, preparing meals, using the bathroom and driving. Brunette recently finished a physician assistant program at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Matt Ford hide caption

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