A new role for first responders: providing in-home health care

KAYANA SZYMCZAK FOR STAT,

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Dedalo Sousa, an 85-year-old with type 2 diabetes, has seen the inside of a hospital more times than he can remember.

He has a regular doctor. But sometimes, “when he gets scary things, we don’t want to wait for his doctor visit,” said Sousa’s wife, Emilia Torres.

Once it was a cyst on his back. Another time, Torres said, he had something like heartburn.

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