Health Care

Seniors for Sale – Exploiting the aged and frail in Washington’s adult family homes

The explosion that had ravaged Audree Hopkins’ face, burning off both earlobes and the end of her nose, was a mystery.

Seattle police Detective Suzanne Moore had her suspicions. But by the time Moore was called to the West Seattle elder-care home to investigate, five days had passed since the blast and nearly every shred of evidence was gone.

The detective questioned workers who had cared for Hopkins, a stroke- and emphysema-hobbled 68-year-old who had lived in the TLC Adult Family Home for six months at the time of the March 2007 accident. The caregivers’ stories, all seemingly synchronized, shot down Moore’s theory.


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