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Life and Death in Assisted Living

Seniors at Risk

More and more elderly Americans are choosing to spend their later years in assisted living facilities. But is this loosely regulated, multi-billion dollar industry putting seniors at risk?

Assisted Living Giant Is Focus of Federal Probe

Investigators for the last year have been examining the operations of Emeritus Senior Living, the nation’s largest assisted living company.

In California, a Raft of Measures to Improve Conditions and Oversight of Assisted Living

After months of damning reports, including an investigation by ProPublica and PBS “Frontline,” legislators have proposed a regulatory overhaul.

In Churn of Assisted Living Deals, An Island of Misery

The assisted living facility in McMinnville, Oregon has been owned in recent years by several of the industry’s largest companies. Throughout, its record has remained troubled.

In California, $1 Million in Unpaid Fines for Assisted Living Centers

A ProPublica review of records from the California Department of Social Services shows the state collected less than half of the more than $2 million in fines it issued against assisted living facilities from 2007 to 2012.

Elderly, At Risk, and Haphazardly Protected

A ProPublica and “Frontline” examination of the multibillion-dollar assisted living industry reveals a mishmash of minimal state regulation and no involvement by federal officials.

Workers Win $2 Million Settlement From Assisted Living Giant

Emeritus Senior Living, the country’s largest assisted living company, has agreed to pay as much as $2.2 million to settle a suit that the company routinely underpaid workers.

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Seven Questions To Ask When Searching for Assisted Living

Where do consumers begin if they’re considering sending a loved one to assisted living? Experts offer tips and resources for evaluating facilities.

“A Sinking Ship”

On Sept. 30, 2008, an employee at the Emerald Hills assisted living facility in Auburn, Calif., made an entry in a company computer log: “pressure ulcer/wound.” Joan, who had spent just 19 days in the facility, had developed the wound on her foot.

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.

“They're Not Treating Mom Well”

When the ambulance crew arrived, about 8:20 p.m., Joan Boice was in the TV lounge, face-down on the carpet. Her head had struck the floor with some velocity; bruises were forming on her forehead and both cheeks. It appeared she’d lost her balance and fallen out of a chair.

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