Staggering Statistics Call for Thorough Research When Making Assisted Living Selections

Statistics reveal the dire need for raised standards and greater accountability for nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Over 1 million people over 65 years of age are in assisted living facilities. The population of 75 year olds is growing by 400,000 people each year. With 82% of home care facilities for the elderly being for-profit, the focus has not been on the resident as much as it has been on the bottom line.

During the economic downturn of 2008, less of the aging population had the means to pay for their home care needs. At time when there were not enough paying residents to turn the profit desired, staffing was down-sized in order to increase the profit margin. Families and individuals shopping for assisted living facility needs are advised to research deeply before making a final decision. For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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