Friday, April 19, 2024

There are people out there posing as Sentara Home Care employees. Take precaution, officials say

Sentara Home Care officials are telling its patients “to deny entry to anyone claiming to be with Sentara if you cannot verify their identity to your satisfaction.”

That alert came after Sentara received a couple of reports of possibly two people, one posing as a Sentara nurse, and the other a Sentara social worker.

Norfolk incident

Gauding said a Sentara Home Care patient in Norfolk reported that a woman, who identified herself as a Sentara nurse, called her home and asked to “come by for 15 minutes.”

The woman showed up within minutes of that call. A relative of the patient let her in “despite the fact that she wore no official Sentara ID badge,” Gauding said.

“The imposter approached the patient’s bedside while the patient was on the phone with a Sentara Physical Therapist who was making arrangements for a visit,” Gauding said. “ The physical therapist asked to speak with the so-called nurse, who took the phone, listened briefly, and then said she had to retrieve something from her car.”

The woman then left.

She was described as a black woman with short hair (bob cut). She was wearing glasses, blue scrubs and was carrying a black or dark blue bag.

Virginia Beach incident

What happened in Norfolk is the second such incident in a few weeks, Gauding said.

In a previous incident, a Virginia Beach woman whose husband was in the hospital received a knock at the door from someone who claimed to be a Sentara social worker and asked to see her husband’s prescription medications. She denied access to her home and the person left.

A reminder

“Sentara Home Care employees always wear appropriate hard plastic photo identification badges with the Sentara logo in the lower right corner,” Gauding said. “The badge will include the provider’s name and job title.  If you have any doubt about the identity of someone claiming to be with Sentara Home Care, call 757-553-3000.  If you have any concern for your safety, call 911.”

This story was published in partnership with our sister publication, Southside Daily. 

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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