You’ve seen the sales pitches about America’s assisted living facilities. Seniors can flourish in bright, cheery alternatives to nursing homes and live out their golden years securely, monitored by medical professionals who tend to their every need.
The business of assisted living paints a depressingly different picture, according to a provocative new documentary from PBS Frontline airing this Tuesday night, accompanied by a series from ProPublica that is being published this week.
Nearly 750,000 American seniors live in assisted living facilities today – but instead of being cared for, many are abused and neglected, according to a year-long investigation.
By Maureen Mackey, The Fiscal Times
July 29, 2013