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Assisted living facilities face challenges as senior population grows




Modest but clean: a double at Wester Villa, an assisted living facility in Inglewood
Modest but clean: a double at Wester Villa, an assisted living facility in Inglewood
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Over the last few year, California has seen substantial growth in the number of assisted living facilities. While they were originally intended to care for relatively independent, healthy seniors, many of these facilities are having to deal with elders with complex medical conditions.

It's a population for which facilities are often unprepared, and allegations of neglect and abuse have been on the rise. The penalties for their mistakes are little more than a parking fine, however. Senior writer for the Center for Health Reporting  joins Take Two with more.