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We have experienced the neglectful “care” of Emeritus first hand. Finally, this exposé by PBS Frontline and ProPublica is shining a bright spotlight on the company and their unethical practices. Long overdue.

I encourage you to take the time to watch the program, and to share it with friends and family. Individually, it’s impossible to fight a corporate behemoth like this one, but there’s power in numbers… At the very least, people in search of care should know what goes on behind closed doors at Emeritus facilities.

Time and time again, it’s been shown that priority #1 is dollars and cents – the bottom line on those financial statements. Cut labor, fill the building, don’t call the ethics hotline, bring in advanced dementia cases (they’re the big money makers), don’t staff according to ratios – we might get sued, stick to the  “keep the back door closed” policy. It goes on and on and on.

Yet Emeritus would have us think they’re simply a target – a “victim of their own growth and success.” In the end, karma handles things appropriately, and I have no doubt the same will hold true here. Thank you Frontline, ProPublica, and A.C. Thompson for starting to crack open the door for all to see…

Stay tuned for more in the coming days.

Watch Life and Death in Assisted Living on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

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