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Consumer Reports investigation: Reasons for difficulty in finding an assisted-living facility

A three-month Consumer Reports investigation found that finding an appropriate assisted living facility is extremely difficult for the following reasons. First, most facilities are operated by small private companies that do not provide information needed to make a well-informed decision. Neither size, décor, nor amenities necessarily determines the quality of care available at a facility. Also, there is no standard for care that must be provided and no clear guideline to indicate what types of residents belong in assisted living. The nearly 1 million people currently living in assisted living residences have become frailer, raising concerns about their safety and care. Additionally, states regulate assisted living but provide little oversight or protection for residents. At a time where abuse and neglect are rampant in assisted living residences, the information needed to make a proper decision is of vast importance.

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