Monday, May 2, 2011

'Neglected to Death'

Today [5/1/11] we launch the first of a three-part investigative series that reveals a systemic failure to protect Florida’s most vulnerable residents: the elderly and those with mental illness living in assisted-living facilities across the state.

The series, Neglected to Death, is the work of reporters Rob Barry, Carol Marbin Miller and Michael Sallah, who spent a year meticulously combing through thousands of records, visiting dozens of homes statewide, and conducting hundreds of interviews. Their findings reveal serious lapses in a system lauded as a national model when it was instituted in 1980.

“Florida made a promise 30 years ago that it was going to protect the vulnerable, particularly the elderly,” said Sallah, a prize-winning investigative reporter and editor. “Many experts would say the state has broken that promise. ’’

At the heart of the reporting is a rich database of hundreds of thousands of records that includes all inspections and complaint investigations by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, the sole regulatory agency for ALFs. Layered in: a decade of complaints filed with the State Department of Elder Affairs and public records including police reports, death certificates and autopsy reports.

Most critical to the reporting was the decision by the former secretary of the Department of Children & Families, George Sheldon, to release to The Herald a decade worth of confidential records detailing abuse and neglect allegations at assisted-living facilities statewide.

Full Article and Source:
Neglected to Death: How Florida Broke Its Promise to the Elderly

Protecting Yourself and Your Loved One

Search Florida Currently Active Assisted Living Facilities

Wandering Resident Meets Grisly End

A History of Violence Ends in Fiery Rampage

Toxic Sore Fatally Undetected

Neglected to Death - Key Events

The I-Team Miami Herald Reporters


StandUp said...

Wow, what an investigation. I'm so pleased to see this. FL Seniors need to be aware!

Sue said...

Florida is a hot spot for older folks so this is good news scrutiny from the media and press is the only way for us the future victims of neglect to learn the truth. Thank you reporters the number of lives you will save from inhumane cruel treatment will be staggering.

Travis said...

Great title!

Thank you Miami Herald.

Anonymous said...

There's a video at the source site and it's very well done.

Connie said...

I am so glad to see this. It goes without saying that nursing facilities are even worse.

I did watch the video and they did a great job. I'll be anxious for the other segments.

Thelma said...

Thanks to the Miami Herald for opening our eyes - Florida better clean up their act or lose their retirement and tourist business.

Don said...

The Seattle Times did a series on this problem last year, I believe. And they followed up. And they're still pushing.

Please don't let this out of your sights, Miami Herald. Please.

Joe said...

I hope this series wins a major award. These reporters sure deserve it.

I appreciate this very much.

Becky said...

Old folks, disabled people and mentally ill people have no worth to society and they don't matter. That's the sad truth and it's reiterated every time a great expose like this comes out and nothing changes.

izzy isreal said...

my hope and prayer is that these stories can somehow motivate those in positions of influence and responsibility to take much needed action.

Norma said...

I am anxious to see the next parts of this series. It's very well done and should wake people up.