Shining A Light On Abuse

Following a TIME story, Congress reports that many nursing-home residents are beaten and starved. Who's to blame?

The guilt children feel about putting a parent in a nursing home can sometimes lead them to blame others for the death of their loved one. But what Leslie Oliva saw as her mother moved through three California nursing homes during the last three years of her life is part of a bigger, shocking tale the Federal Government will tell this week. The account is based on the most detailed look in more than a decade at some of the nation's nursing homes. "My mother experienced beating, malnutrition, dehydration and neglect," Oliva says quietly. "All three of the nursing homes are...

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