In Oregon’s memory care facilities, confirmed abuse cases are more than twice as common as in other types of senior centers. Residents live in filthy conditions, develop bedsores, even die in the care of overworked and overwhelmed caregivers. But the failures of that system can be opaque unless you’re already trapped inside it. On this episode, Fedor Zarkhin walks us through The Oregonian’s investigation into memory care centers and discusses a tool his team made to help Oregonians find safe elder care facilities for their family members.
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Looking for links to the stories and resources we discussed on this week’s podcast? We’ve collected them for you.
- Read The Oregonian’s investigation: Costly dementia care failing to keep Oregon seniors safe
- Check out the interactive tool Fedor’s team created: Mapping Senior Care Complaints
- Members only: Download the tipsheet “Investigating caregivers” by Robert Benincasa
- Members only: Download the tipsheet “Finding the story: Health care” by Ryann Grochowski Jones and Charles Ornstein
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