Journalism in the Public Interest

Life and Death in Assisted Living

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Part 1

“The Emerald City”

by A.C. THOMPSON, [1] ProPublica and JONATHAN JONES, special to ProPublica, July 29, 2013

Joan Boice needed help. Lots of it. Her physician had tallied the damage: Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, pain from a compression fracture of the spine. Read more »

World of Hurt: Those Lost and Those Left Behind

When things go wrong in assisted living, people can pay with their dignity, and sometimes with their lives. A review of state regulatory records and more than 100 lawsuits turned up repeated examples of grave mistakes or misconduct at facilities operated by Emeritus Senior Living, the country’s largest assisted living company. These are the stories of five families still trying to cope with their pain.

For Assisted Living Industry, a Media Strategy to Thwart Federal Oversight

In a talking points memo, Emeritus, the country’s largest assisted living company, seeks to highlight the company’s compassion and deride any need for greater regulation out of Washington.

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