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Life and Death in Assisted Living - ProPubllica and Frontline Investigation - Video


Society & Culture  (tags: abuse, americans, death, dishonesty, elderly, family, government, health, investigations, law, media, politics, rights, safety, society )

Kit
- 256 days ago - pbs.org
As more and more elderly Americans choose to spend their later years in assisted living facilities, FRONTLINE and ProPublica examine whether this loosely regulated, multi-billion dollar industry is putting seniors at risk? Part 1 of 4.



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JL A. (275)
Friday December 13, 2013, 3:48 pm
Some of the risks vary by state--some states have licensing requirements and related inspections, etc. (e.g., CA) and others do not (e.g., Kentucky). In the early 1990's OBRA came out of Congress cleaning up some of the worst of skilled nursing home abuses where federal funds (Medicare, Medicaid) were at stake for noncompliance with reforms. Expanding OBRA to also better address ICF level of care, which is often what is found when called assisted living, could improve things for many.
 

Deborah W. (6)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 4:42 am
THIS ONE THING IS TRUE ... care and safety NEVER outweigh profits. Between the rules, regulations, restrictions, and trained, professionals staffing these facilities, one can only pray they'll drop dead on the floor before being subjected to this rampant abuse, quite often unreported or addressed.
 

Gloria picchetti (286)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 6:36 am
Even if I had the time to watch the video I can't bear it. I want to die before anything like that happens.
 

. (0)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 6:53 am
The page wouldn't come up. It just keeps loading and doesn't display. Thanks for sharing, anyway, Kit.
 

Micheael Kirkbym (85)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 8:54 am
Noted & posted. How long before we are all targeted for destruction at a specific age?
 

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Saturday December 14, 2013, 9:18 am
Nooted and signed - Very hard to watcjh as my mom's had been diagnosed with it some time and I worry everyday. I've seen my mother change slowely change into a person who no longer was (for the most part mark but not completely. But she is so forgetgul and I wish I could do more to help me out and to enjoy life a little moe; If anybody has suggestions or ideas, pleae feel free to frop me a line, I could use all the help cold get. Thank you for lilstening - I love you will all!.
 

Freya H. (304)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 9:18 am
Scares the pants off me! A couple years ago I made the heart-rending decision to move my grandmother into Assisted Living. It worked out fine for a while, as she was in the independent seniors section - but after she wandered off the property and had to be rescued, once by a nice cop and once by a good Samaritan, and on another occasion like to set her apartment on fire by leaving the stove on, it was off to the Reminiscence Center (i.e., Alzheimer's) section for her. She has definitely been in a decline for at least the last year. Fortunately for the family, she is in a facility that has a good reputation. It isn't cheap, but at least we know that responsible people are looking after her. Still, one can't help but worry.
 

Arielle S. (317)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 10:53 am
Worry is what we all do - I'd prefer to die in my sleep and then just throw my body into the field where wild animals and birds can make it dust to dust....
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 11:10 am

Actually the current inspection rates are very curious. California inspects once every 5 years while most of the south inspects every 3 years. ( http://projects.propublica.org/tables/assisted-living-regulations ) I believe they should be inspected every 6 months at the least. Twice a year currently is done by only Missouri. For many of us we are looking at somewhere for parents to live that need some care, but for a multitude of reasons can not live with their children. Soon it will be us.
 

Winn Adams (191)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 11:53 am
OMG so sad. I hope to die at home . . . .
 

Roger Garin-michaud (61)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 12:20 pm
noted, thanks
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 12:23 pm
Whenever someone says "the government should take over", I tend to become hesitant. But, In the case of assistant living, its apparant that these independent organizations need to be brought under a government control and regulation.
To begin with, 4-6 thousand a month is simply outrageous.
 

Stardust Noel (52)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 1:44 pm
The government would probably euthanize the elderly, this administration now, I'm sure would ,definitely do
not want this one to take over!.I hope to die in my bed while sleeping.
 

Birgit W. (144)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 4:13 pm
Thanks for sharing.
 

Micheael Kirkbym (85)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 9:55 am
Absolutely & thoroughly disgusted.
 

Kit B. (277)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 10:52 am

When a place is charging this kind of money there is no reason for people to be abused or neglected. Indeed this needs some very direct oversight by a government agency, one that is properly financed. I could live in a 5 star hotel with 5 star meals for less.
 

Kamia T. (66)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 1:40 pm
I actually watched another video that called nursing homes and assisted living prison without the possibility of parole, and my experience volunteering there supports that fact. Ancient Cherokee elders promoted walking out away from the tribe when you could no longer support or take care of yourself -- I'm seriously considering it. After two months in the hospital, I'd rather be just about anywhere else than an extended care facility!
 

Patsy Olive (0)
Monday December 16, 2013, 7:46 pm
Noted & tweeted Thanks.
 
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