YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Area Agency on Aging serving the Valley has issued an alert about imposters posing as home health workers to gain access to homes.
The agency was notified Tuesday from a care manager and provider after someone tried to gain access to a Mahoning County residence’s home by posing as a replacement for the regular aide.
The female resident was suspicious because it was not the correct time, and called the provider to check out the story. She was told this wasn’t true and no one was filling in for the aide.
“Our programs provide in-home services to both older adults and people under 60 with disabilities, and this is alarming because their safety is our number one priority,” said Lisa Solley, Chief of Community Relations, Wellness and Training. “If an unfamiliar person comes to your door claiming to be a home health worker, do not let the person inside, and immediately call 911.”
The car used by the imposter had signing indicating the name of the provider agency. Any staff member or home care employee wears visible identification and verifies before the visit, and providers notify of personnel changes.
Other tips include:
- Do not allow anyone in your home if you were not expecting him or her.
- If you suspect an imposter, try to give law enforcement a description of the person and, if possible, his or her vehicle;
- Ask for identification to be shown before opening the door;
- Call the local law enforcement, the agency, care manager and provider to report the incident.