Selling senior care: Costly dementia care failing to keep Oregon seniors safe

The Oregonian spent more than a year investigating memory care in Oregon, where over 100,000 records and accounts from hundreds of memory care workers and families showed evidence of abuse, high prices and understaffing. Confirmed cases of abuse are more than twice as prevalent in memory care facilities as they are in other types of Oregon…

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Avoidable Sepsis Infections Send Thousands Of Seniors To Gruesome Deaths

A joint investigation by Kaiser Health News and the Chicago Tribune revealed that thousands of older Americans in nursing homes are dying from preventable sepsis infections and offered readers a first-of-its-kind “lookup” that lets readers check infection violations and staffing levels at all 15,616 nursing homes in the United States.

Families confront dementia and guns

A four-month Kaiser Health News investigation uncovered dozens of cases across the United States in which people with dementia used guns to shoot themselves or others. From news reports, court records, hospital data and public death records, KHN found 15 homicides and more than 60 suicides since 2012, although there are likely more. The shooters…

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Oregon hides thousands of cases of shoddy senior care

An investigation by the Oregonian/OregonLive found that state officials have concealed thousands of cases of poor elder care and abuse from the public. The Oregon Department of Human Services runs a website that is meant to help family members identify safe places to care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other debilitating illnesses. But,…

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Oversight lags as for-profit firms take on caring for the vulnerable

An investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that as the state of Georgia has begun moving residents of state psychiatric institutions into privately-run group homes and other small, community-based institutions, residents have been put at risk of injury and in some cases death.  Under the care of two of the largest for-profit companies running these…

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Illinois hides abuse and neglect of adults with disabilities

A Chicago Tribune investigation, “Suffering in Secret,” uncovered a broken state system that steers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities into group homes, ordinary private residences, then cloaks harm with secrecy and silence. The two-day series found that state officials underreported cases of abuse or neglect; recruited group home employees as “buddy investigators” to police…

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North Carolina falls behind on efforts to reform mental health treatment

Halfway through its effort to reform mental health treatment for those stuck in adult care homes, North Carolina is struggling to achieve goals detailed in a civil rights settlement with the federal government, according to a report by WRAL. As of July 1, North Carolina should have 1,166 people out of adult care facilities and…

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Documented abuse at Tennessee development center went unreported

An investigation from WJHL in Johnson City, Tenn. revealed 251 cases of abuse, neglect and exploitation at a Greene County developmental center since 2002. Internal investigations from the Department of Intellectual and Development Disabilities revealed that, despite hundreds of documented cases, only 20 employees at Greene Valley Developmental Center lost their jobs in the last…

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How Minnesota is failing thousands of adults living with disabilities

The Star Tribune’s five-day report, “A matter of dignity,” outlines how Minnesota marginalizes adults with disabilities. The series describes how the state is segregating disabled adults, partly through sheltered workshops that place these adults in jobs that pay little and leave no room for growth. Many of these disabled adults live in Minnesota group homes and more…

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Extra Extra Monday: Drug-addicted nurses, police shootings and lottery winners

Addicted nurses steal patients’ drugs | The News Leader (Staunton, VA) A statewide investigation by The News Leader found about 900 nurses publicly disciplined by the licensing board from 2007 to mid-2013 for drug theft and use at work. Across Virginia, scores of patients in pain during the last decade were denied necessary medication because…

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