Better Than A Nursing Home?

Assisted-living centers were meant to give the elderly the ability to grow old with autonomy and dignity. But so much has gone wrong

Here comes the latest horror story from the ragged frontier of care for the elderly. Like a lot of aging baby boomers struggling with ailing parents, Peter Levang fretted 2 1/2 years ago when his mother Dolores, already plagued with mild dementia, became incontinent. He considered a nursing home--the classic option for those too sick to live alone and too needy to live with family. It seemed a dreary choice. Then Peter heard about a center just 15 minutes from his house. It was an assisted-living facility, part of a new way to live--and die--with dignity and freedom. These facilities, designed...

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