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  • Life and death in assisted living: A FRONTLINE/ProPublica investigative report

    FRONTLINE/ProPublica via Yahoo! News at Yahoo! News11 mths ago

    More and more elderly Americans are electing to spend their later years in assisted living facilities, intended for people who cannot live on their own, but who do not need the standard of 24/7 medical care nursing homes provide.

    That said, there's really no specific definition of what "assisted living" means, though there's no question this type of care has become a multi-billion-dollar a year business in the U.S. Because there are 50 states, and licensing and regulation of assisted care facilities happen at the state level, oversight and enforcement are inconsistent, often loose. Couple that with a quest for profits and you've got a situation causing nationwide concern as to whether some practices in the industry might be putting senior citizens at risk.

    PBS' Frontline, in collaboration with ProPublica, an independent, non-profit news organization that produces public-interest journalism, will on Tuesday night broadcast the results of a major investigation into the operations of Emeritus Senior Living, the largest assisted living company in the U.S.

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