By 2030, the number of Pennsylvanians over 60 is predicted to reach four million – making up nearly a third of the state's population.
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But as a six-month investigation by PennLive reporters Daniel Simmons-Ritchie and David Wenner found, too many of the state's 700 nursing homes are failing in that duty. Pennsylvania has one of the highest rates of bad nursing homes in the nation and dozens of people have died due to care-related mistakes in recent years.
Furthermore, after poring over federal data and searching through thousands of nursing home inspection reports, they found that state investigations into those incidents appear to be flawed and that punishments are typically weak or non-existent.
The results of that investigation are in PennLive's "Failing the Frail" series, consisting of three major stories and an array of smaller, related stories. You can read the full project here:
PART ONE: Deadly care
- Failing the frail: Bad care leads to dozens of avoidable deaths in Pa. nursing homes
- Lawyers, families say regulators overlook avoidable deaths and problems in Pa. nursing homes
- Cause the death of a nursing home resident? That'll be $2,000, thanks
'Failing the Frail' shows lethal errors, poor oversight of Pa. nursing homes