What's your perception of elderly care in this country?
Lots of us have images of nursing homes with less than ideal care for elderly patients or even outright neglect.
With thousands of baby boomers well on their way to retirement, assisted living in this country is growing into a multibillion dollar industry. And judging from the promos from this program, neglect and even deaths are happening more than you would think.
On Tuesday, July 30, at 9 p.m. on KSPS TV in Spokane, Frontline and Pro Publica will broadcast the first of four installments of their latest investigation on assisted living facilities in America called "Life and Death In Assisted Living."
The year long investigation into this loosely regulated industry explores the operations of the nation's largest assisted living company, with questions about the drive for profits and fatal lapses in care.
The State of Washington has hundreds, maybe thousands of facilities defined as assisted living, in a community setting where staff assumes responsibility for a patient's safety and well-being.
Some offer nursing care and others offer specialized care for those with mental health issues or dementia. There are also Adult Family Homes and nursing homes which are, like assisted living, state licensed. But amid all the care facilities and the lack of much oversight by the state, there is much neglect and sometimes outright harm in some of these places.
Check out the premiere of Frontline's "Life and Death In Assisted Living" on July 30, at 9 p.m. on KSPS TV.