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June 14, 2011

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Alva Trout

Abuse In Assisted Living Facilities

When Randy Trout began looking for an assisted living facility for his mother, Alva, he took care to find a place that was clean and pleasant, so his mother would be comfortable. He thought he’d found that, but then a series of events at the facility made him worry. Eventually, his mother died, and Randy, a former police investigator, became convinced that neglect at the assisted living facility played a role. It is one of a number of cases uncovered in an investigative series by the Miami Herald and WLRN.

Carol Marbin Miller is one of the reporters on that investigation. She says the case of Randy Trout’s mother is not uncommon. Her reporting shows that the state is doing little to regulate assisted living facilities in Florida.

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