Report Calls for Tighter Rules on Care for Elderly A new Congressional report proposes federal and state guidelines for regulating the growing "assisted living" industry. Assisted living facilities traditionally offer more independence than nursing homes, and aren't as regulated. But as the number of facilities grow, so do the complaints. NPR's Joseph Shapiro reports.
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Report Calls for Tighter Rules on Care for Elderly

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Report Calls for Tighter Rules on Care for Elderly

Report Calls for Tighter Rules on Care for Elderly

Complaints Rise Along with Popularity of 'Assisted Living'

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A new Congressional report proposes stricter guidelines for regulating the growing "assisted living" industry. Unlike nursing homes, assisted living facilities for senior citizens are lightly regulated. Advocacy groups and some lawmakers are seeking ways to change that to ensure quality care for the elderly.

The Assisted Living Workgroup report, now before the Senate's Committee on Aging, suggests several new practices, including the creation of a national center to oversee the industry and a state licensing system. But as NPR's Joseph Shapiro reports, there's much dissent over how to regulate the industry.