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Reaction: "2 Aides Arrested for Striking Elderly Nursing Home Patients" - Philip Caputo - Chicago Tribune
". . .The arrests for battery came two months after the attacks were described in a seven-part series by The Tribune Task Force detailing instances of filth, neglect and brutality in the area's 'warehouse for the dying' . . ."
The Chicago Tribune 1971-05-29
". . .Dr. Murray Brown, city health commissioner, yesterday ordered a South Side nursing home closed and directed the owners to immediately begin transferring an estimated 81 patients to other homes. . ."
The Chicago Tribune 1971-03-06
". . .The homes, including 15 in Chicago, have had their licenses revoked or have closed voluntarily because they cannot meet minimum standards ordered by city and state health officials. . ."
The Chicago Tribune 1972-10-10
Follow-up: "'Nat Caldwell Reports: Public Shows Deep Concern for Nursing Home Patients," - Nat Caldwell - Nashville Tennessean
"The outpouring of letters responding to recent articles on Metro area nursing homes is the largest I have seen in 36 years as a reporter."Two weeks after publication of the last article, the letters still are coming in. "There were a total of 162 persons who took the trouble to write personal letters or notes commenting on the series of seven articles. One was from a soldier on duty in Vietnam and two from out-of-state readers. . . ."
The Nashville Tennessean 1968-04-12
The Nashville Tennessean 1968-04-09
"Two new federal programs - Medicare and the less well known Medicaid -- can become increasingly effectiv weapons for improving conditions described in this series of articles on nursing homes . . . "
The Nashville Tennessean 1968-04-05
"It can be done."A nursing home can be operted in one of Nashville's old brick and frame homes--at a profit-- and with all the humane considerations that--as a patient--I learned could be all important. . . . "
The Nashville Tennessean 1968-04-04
"The old lady walked almost."Her pace was rapid for 83 years old, as fast as mine, impeded as I was by my crutch, and the necessity to reserve an impression. I had to appear to be patient. . . . "
The Nashville Tennessean 1968-04-03
"At Sunny View Rest Home, 1227 16th Ave., S., on the second floor, a nightmare frightened me from sleep:"Fire! Fire! Fire! . . . ONly four of the 21 patients, unaided, could possibly have walked out of the home if it were burning . . . And I, one of the four, could not help the patients get out. Despeartely, I was struggling jut to fight myself awake. . ."
The Nashville Tennessean 1968-04-02
"The expensively dressed woman, apparently, had interrupted a busy day to drive in to the Trimble and Roundtree Nursing Home."She was speaking to her sister and to the dingy cobwebbed room, last early residence of an old man, her uncle. I sat slumped on the bed where her uncle had slept until the night before his death. I was watching and listening. . . ."
The Nashville Tennessean 1968-04-01
"On Feb. 21, a white-haired, bearded, stooped 'old' man limped on an aluminum crutch into a modern nursing home in Charlotte, N.C., in company with a young lady who is his cousin."Thirty minutes later reporter Nat Caldwell of The Nashville Tennesseean was admitted to the nursing home as "Green Caldwell" (Green is his middle name) and he began playing a role which was to take him on a six-week investigation of nursing homes in the Nashville area. "His investigation saw him admitted to three homes here, posing as an elderly, arthritic and eccentric citizen without an immediate family. . . ."
The Nashville Tennessean 1968-03-31
"Nashvillians who plan to send an elderlly relative to one of this city's 26 nursing homes should be aware that they may be committing their loved ones to a crowded, unsanitary, ignored existence. " I know. I as a patient in three of them last month. "I have just finished a six weeks survey of privately owned Metro nursing homes for the elderly and for three weeks I was a patient. "What I saw shocked me."
The Nashville Tennessean 1968-03-31
"Sen. Percy (R., Ill.) announced today that the Senate Select Committee on the Aging plans to hold public hearings in Chicago soon on nursing home abuses. . ."
The Chicago Tribune 1971-03-10
"They describe themselves as the living dead, people who spend the final days of their lives eating, sleeping, staring and, finally, dying. They are the victims of a multimillion-dollar nursing home and shelter care boom in the Chicago area that has mushroomed beyond the control of city and state healthcare officials. . ."
The Chicago Tribune 1971-03-03
Hidden away in filthy, rat-invested dungeons. Abandoned in "warehouses fir the dying." Clad in rags, forced to huddle half frozen in their own dirt. Fed slop not fit for animals. Subject to constant physical and mental abuses. Denied medication and the last shreds of human dignity by callous, incompetent caretakers.
The Chicago Tribune 1971-03-02
"The Chicago Tribune begins today an extraordinary report on the misery and plight of hundreds of persons living in a shadow world of our society. They are the unfortunate confined to poorly staffed and equipped nursing homes in the metropolitan area. Today's account and eyewitness stories which will appear in the next several days have been compiled by a task force of reporters. It is the first assigned of this special unit of Tribune reporters and introduces a new concept in comprehensive news gathering. . ."
The Chicago Tribune 1971-02-28