Nurse Tish Allen hooks Judy Taber to a vacuum system to promote healing of Taber’s latest pressure ulcer. Allen asks how Taber’s pain rates today on a scale of one to 10. “Nine,” replies Tabor, who suffers from a rare spinal disease, ankylosing spondylitis, which has taken away her ability to walk, swallow or turn her head completely.

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this treatment is that it’s happening in Taber’s Hamden apartment – not a hospital. Like many Connecticut residents, Taber depends on home care.

But as reliance on home care grows, inspections of agencies in Connecticut are backlogged, and the state rarely imposes financial penalties on agencies found with patient-care violations, a review by C-HIT has found.

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