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Four Arizona assisted living facilties were recently closed by state authorities after inpsections revealed filthy conditions and care deficiencies.

In one instance, one resident was found to have 22 decubitus ulcers, some of which were bone-deep.

Many consumers are unaware of the differences between assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Assisted living facilities are intended to provide a safe environment and low-level care, while nursing homes are intended to provide a more structured environment and higher levels of care. Some families, when faced with the high cost of nursing home care, opt for assisted living, not fully cognizant of the differences in the care provided at the two kinds of facilities.

One of the things that assisted living facilities must do on an ongoing basis is evaluate the resident to ensure that they can meet the care needs of the resident, and if they cannot, advise family members that nursing home care is probably needed. A resident which has such limited mobility that he develops bed sores of the severity and number that this resident had was an inappropriate candidate for assisted living and should have been transferred to a higher care level facility long before the decubtus ulcer got to be bone-deep.

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