Some Illinois home health care workers get just eight hours of training. Is that enough?

During the last three years of her life, Deanne Alexander’s mother cycled through about 30 home care workers.

Alexander said some caregivers didn’t know how to interact with her mother, who had Alzheimer’s disease. They’d walk up behind her, startling her. They’d grab her hand without asking permission first. They wouldn’t talk to her, assuming she was too ill to understand them.

One caregiver left almost as soon as she had arrived, saying she didn’t want to catch Alzheimer’s.