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A Closer Look (Nursing Home Safety) #759736

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 15, 2004
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Government Accountability Office report on nursing homes noted; statistics cited.

(Washington: John Cochran) Fires & other problems at nursing homes for the elderly examined; scenes shown from Hartford, Connecticut & Nashville, Tennessee, where residents died in fires; details given of the need for universal safety standards. [Fire victim's son Rev. Kenneth POLK†- says he did not look for sprinklers at the home.] [Connecticut Representative John LARSON†- comments on safety & sprinklers.] [Senator Charles GRASSLEY†- refers to other GAO reports on "abysmal" inspection systems.] [Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform Janet WELLS†- says it's a troubled industry.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings; Washington: Linda Douglass) The lack of legislative priority for nursing homes discussed; details given of the question of who should pay for improvements.

Jennings, Peter;
Cochran, John;
Douglass, Linda

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