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Nursing home residents at risk of neglect, abuse and assault because of lax oversight and troubled facilities

A recent article exposed the files of PA’s nursing home industry catalogued a system of horrors. Since 2000, at least 55 nursing home residents have died across the state under circumstances that raise questions about whether they were cared for properly or whether their deaths could have been prevented. Uncounted others were subject to nursing home abuse and neglect and at least 5 were raped.

Despite these statistics, state politicians have placed more emphasis on satisfying the concerns of the nursing home industry than on protecting vulnerable nursing home residents. The state regulator stated that regulators are lacking sufficient staff to fix the nursing home industry which has so many systemic problems that have gone unnoticed, unchecked, and unregulated for over a decade.

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