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FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate assisted living in America.

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Kit B (276)
Friday August 16, 2013, 3:46 pm

I think I saw this when it was first shown on Front line. Currently I'm trying to find the best possible living situation for my mother, fortunately she is still able to be independent. She will not live with me and I do understand that desire for complete autonomy, she is capable of being and doing herself and most of these assisted living situations will not allow that. For now I hope to find a place that is just for retired seniors.

I do realize Texas is more expensive, but I wonder how people can afford the $4 - 6 thousand a month for assisted living and have little to no standards of what will be done and no real licensing.
It seems to me this is just another way to scam money from the elderly.
Thanks J L

Sheryl G (363)
Friday August 16, 2013, 3:53 pm
Thank you for placing this on here. I had seen it on TV and this certainly needs more exposure. This is another Corporate money maker where they want to take as much money as possible for profit and expend as little as possible back in the form of proper care.

The Elders are certainly on the short end of the stick, they are at the mercy of this horrible place this Country has lowered itself to all in the name of Profit. I hope I go out fast with a massive heart attack or something like that. I don't want to linger and be at the mercy of these Capitalistic Vultures, bad enough now while I still have my wits with me.

Jo S (619)
Friday August 16, 2013, 4:23 pm
Unfortunately I have been thru this with my family and my husbands, it is really a sad state of affairs. I have to agree with both Kit & Dandelion.
Noted, read & shared. Thanks J L.

JL A (282)
Friday August 16, 2013, 4:29 pm
CA does have them licensed as a type of intermediate care health facility and when following a hospitalization, Medicare may cover and their rules are supposed to be met. Those are two elements that led to some major improvements in skilled nursing care late last century. ACA quality of care elements may lead doctors to become more proactive on their geriatric patients' behalfs. In CA, the doctor tells the facility what medications (both RX and OTC). Home nursing, physical therapy or home care providers can also be added into the mix in addition to what the facility provides (and the two former may be covered by Medicare). The view is that care is a partnership with families or guardians and residents. Facilities labeled as memory care often are under the same licensing as for assisted living--the difference being locked vs. unlocked during the day.
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JL A (282)
Friday August 16, 2013, 4:31 pm
You are welcome Joanne. I empathize. You cannot currently send a star to Joanne because you have done so within the last day.

cecily w (0)
Friday August 16, 2013, 4:42 pm
I am 70, so I have been looking into various end-of-life scenarios. My Health Care Directive and Power of Health Care Attorney have gone as far as possible in my state by banning the use of CPR, respirator, tube feeding and IV hydration. Unfortunately my state does not permit Physician Assisted Suicide, but some states do (Vermont just passed it). Not everyone feels that way, and that's their right. But people should have the right to die as they see fit--and being in an assisted living facility or nursing home is not for everyone.

GGmaSheila D (194)
Friday August 16, 2013, 4:47 pm
Noted with thanks for having this here - I'd never seen it.

JL A (282)
Friday August 16, 2013, 4:54 pm
Medicare now covers physical therapy and occupational therapy for maintaining the ability to live independently in addition to for recovery from health episodes.
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Theodore Shayne (56)
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Sunday August 18, 2013, 7:19 am
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