ACCRA, Ghana — It had been 12 years since Rita Sarpong went home to Ghana. She’d missed siblings’ weddings, the births of nieces and nephews, even the death of her father, sacrificing time with her own family so that she could help frail, aging Americans stay at home with theirs.Almost up to the moment she boarded the plane, Sarpong was working nearly around the clock. A home health aide, she cared for a 90-year-old retired insurance agent with severe arthritis by day. Then at night, she drove from Newton to Wrentham to look after a woman in her 80s who was prone to falling. Related Links Stranger in the house That made for 104 hours a week of work that was equal parts tedious, stressful, exhausting, and essential. After she reached Logan Airport, dragging three suitcases loaded with gifts for her family — mainly used clothes from her closet — Sarpong collapsed in her seat. For the next nine hours, as food carts rolled by carrying lunch, dinner, … [Read more...] about PIPELINE FROM AFRICA: Recent immigrants do much of the low-paying, back-breaking work of caring for frail Americans at home. Back home, they’re seen as success stories.
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Priyanka Dayal McCluskey Globe Staff August 29, 2018 QUINCY — The sun was setting as paramedic Matthew Michaud arrived at the second-floor apartment where Jamal Lee sat in pain.Lee, who uses a wheelchair, had a urinary tract infection, a sore groin, a headache, and spells of feeling hot and cold. But instead of taking Lee to the hospital, as most paramedics would, Michaud treated him at home.Over the course of more than two hours, as a Superman movie blared on the bedroom TV and Lee’s children played video games in the next room, Michaud checked his breathing, blood, and urine. He surveyed the part of Lee’s body that hurt and took pictures. He gave Lee some medicine. Advertisement Michaud is among a small number of paramedics in Massachusetts working in pilot programs that allow them to treat patients with urgent medical needs at home, a … [Read more...] about A new role for paramedics: treating patients at home
Updated 1:59 am, Monday, June 4, 2018 Now Playing: Extensive burning operations designed to protect a northern New Mexico community from a wildfire have proven successful so far, but firefighters have been unable to contain flames that blackened an estimated 32,000 acres, authorities said Sunday. (June 4) Media: Associated Press CIMARRON, N.M. (AP) — Extensive burning operations designed to protect a northern New Mexico community from a wildfire have proven successful so far, but firefighters have been unable to contain flames that have blackened an estimated 32,000 acres (nearly 13,000 hectares), authorities said Sunday. The New Mexico Fire Information website said firefighters on the ground were being aided by helicopters dropping water and air tankers dumping retardants. The website run by local and regional governmental agencies said the fire did not move farther north overnight after a mandatory evacuation order was issued late Saturday for the … [Read more...] about New Mexico firefighters protecting community from wildfire
Michael Biesecker, Associated Press Updated 10:09 pm, Friday, June 1, 2018 Photo: Andrew Harnik, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Wednesday, May 16, 2018 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt appears before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on budget on Capitol Hill in Washington. Newly filed disclosure reports show the Washington lobbyist whose wife rented a bargain-priced Capitol Hill condo to Pruitt had far more contact with the agency than previously disclosed, despite repeated denials by both men. Pruitt has denied that lobbying firm Williams & Jensen's former chairman J. Steven Hart lobbied his agency in 2017, most recently during Congressional testimony in May. less FILE - In this Wednesday, May 16, 2018 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt … [Read more...] about Lobbyist tied to EPA chief’s condo tried to influence agency
Updated 3:06 am, Thursday, May 31, 2018 Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Children walk in the outskirts of al-Bab, northern Syria, Tuesday, May 29, 2018. Al-Bab was seized by Turkey and Syrian opposition fighters it backs in February last year, following a grueling six-month offensive that pushed out the Islamic State group militants from one of its last strongholds. Now Turkey controls a large swath of territory in northern Syria, pouring in million of dollars to help with reconstruction, stabilization in an attempt to facilitate the return of Syrian refugees in Turkey to their home country. less Children walk in the outskirts of al-Bab, northern Syria, Tuesday, May 29, 2018. Al-Bab was seized by Turkey and Syrian opposition fighters it backs in February last year, following a grueling six-month ... more … [Read more...] about UN agencies for Syria refugees warn of critical cash crunch