As the story of Joseph Andrey's last months shows, many Americans will end their lives in surroundings that only add to their misery. Those who hoped to die in their own beds are often forced into nursing homes, some of which mistreat patients. Even if home care is arranged, it too can be substandard, even abusive. And those who hope for government guidance can find unreliable information.
What can be done to ensure that the elderly get the care they want and need, particularly in their dying days?
Richard Mallott: Government Must Enforce Standards for Elder Care
Carol Rodat: Home Aides for the Elderly Need Better Standards and Training
Karen D. Lincoln: Minorities are Forced into Nursing Homes at Greater Rates
Joan M. Teno: Profits Place Treatment Over Humane Care for Elderly
David Gifford: Families Can Plan Ahead to Improve Care for the Elderly
Joanne Lynn: A Whole New System of Oversight is Needed for Elder Care
Finding Humane Care at End of Life