Health Care

Getting Tough on Adult Family Homes

A SYSTEMIC overhaul of Washington’s adult family home industry must lead to tougher regulations. The urgency is heartbreakingly illustrated by the specter of 236 deaths over five years that may have involved neglect or elderly abuse.

Credit a Seattle Times investigative series, “Seniors for Sale,” for shedding light on a burgeoning industry operating with impunity. Times reporter Michael J. Berens painstakingly documents deaths from suspicious falls, choking and infections related to bed sores. The series rightly amplifies calls for a pointed policy conversation.


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