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A Miami Herald investigation of Floridas assisted-living facilities found that safeguards once hailed as the nations best have been ignored in a spate of tragedies never before revealed to the public.
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Committed to a psychiatric ward for threatening a resident, a felon was allowed back to his care center with tragic results.
Already heartbroken by his wifes deterioration through Alzheimers, Theodore Archer then watched her die needlessly from an ignored poisonous sore.
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In the throes of dementia, Walter Sowman Cox had wandered from his ALF at least 3 times. The last time, he didnt come back.
The Miami Herald spent a year investigating conditions inside Floridas assisted-living facilities, the primary homes for the states most vulnerable residents: the elderly and mentally ill.
• Consult your doctor. If your relative is suffering from the infirmities of aging, make sure they are able to live at an ALF. ALF residents must be able to perform most of their activities of daily living such as going to the toilet, dressing, and getting around with only minimal assistance. An elder who is bed-bound, for example, cannot live safely in an ALF.
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