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Neglected to Death: The Story Behind the Investigation

A recent Miami Herald/WLRN investigation of Assisted Living Facilities discovered dozens of people who died in Assisted Living Facilities of apparent abuse or neglect. But few caretakers are ever charged in those deaths, and state regulators rarely shut down even the worst offenders.

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A recent Miami Herald/WLRN investigation of Assisted Living Facilities discovered dozens of people who died in Assisted Living Facilities of apparent abuse or neglect. But few caretakers are ever charged in those deaths, and state regulators rarely shut down even the worst offenders.

On this Florida Matters, we’ll bring you that story and ask the reporters behind it what it all means.

In Florida, state regulators are failing to protect residents of assisted living facilities, according to an investigation by The Miami Herald and our partner station WLRN in Miami.
An analysis of state records revealed dozens of questionable deaths in assisted living facilities.

The revelation is a reversal for us in Florida. Our legislature was among the first to regulate assisted living facilities, and to adopt a Residents Bill of Rights.

The state now has nearly 3,000 assisted living facilities, which house tens of thousands of our most vulnerable citizens. And one case in particular — that of Aurora Navas, who drowned at age 85 — exposes both the failings of some assisted living facilities and a lack of state oversight.

http://www.miamiherald.com/neglected/

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