NURSING HOMES: FATAL NEGLECT

IN POSSIBLY THOUSANDS OF CASES, NURSING-HOME RESIDENTS ARE DYING FROM A LACK OF FOOD AND WATER AND THE MOST BASIC LEVEL OF HYGIENE

Once she moved into Creekside Care Convalescent Hospital, it didn't take Bessie Seday long to realize that the promises made to her by the nursing home before she arrived had evaporated. "I couldn't get anybody's attention, starting on the fourth day," recalls the bed-bound 84-year-old. "You'd have your call light on for hours, but nobody came." What made her waiting more desolate was the near total deprivation of sunlight during her four months at Creekside. "It was a dungeon," she says. "I really would have liked to see the sunshine, but they never put us outside." Things only got worse when...

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