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What The VPR/'Seven Days' Investigation Reveals About Vermont's Eldercare Facilities

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The joint VPR/Seven Days investigation "Worse for Care" looked into the indignities, injuries and deaths at Vermont eldercare facilities.

A joint investigation by VPR and Seven Daysuncovered inadequate care and staffing across Vermont’s eldercare facilities, deficiencies that ultimately led to indignities, injuries and at least five deaths.

We're talking to the reporters behind the Worse For Care series about the challenges faced by Vermont's assisted living and residential care homes.

VPR investigative reporter Emily Corwin and Seven Days reporter Derek Brouwer, along with Seven Days data editor Andrea Suozzo, combed through more than 12,000 pages of records and nearly 500 formal complaints of eldercare facilities in the state. And on the next Vermont Edition, Corwin and Brouwer will explain what these findings reveal about the eldercare needs and resources available in Vermont.

They'll also talk about the Vermont Eldercare Navigatorand ways the public can use the database, which was built by Suozzo of Seven Days.

Broadcast live on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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A logo that says "Worse For Care: Vermont's Elder Homes Struggle To Keep Seniors Safe."

“Worse for Care” is a joint investigation by Vermont Public Radio and Seven Days into assisted living and residential care homes for the elderly. In addition to publishing stories over four weeks, we’ve launched the Vermont Elder Care Navigator, a searchable database at

It was produced by: at VPR, Emily Corwin, reporter, and Mark Davis, editor; and at Seven Days, Derek Brouwer, reporter, Andrea Suozzo, data editor, Matthew Roy and Candace Page, editors, and James Buck, photographer.

Jane Lindholm is the host, executive producer and creator of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids. In addition to her work on our international kids show, she produces special projects for Vermont Public. Until March 2021, she was host and editor of the award-winning Vermont Public program Vermont Edition.
Matt Smith worked for Vermont Public from 2017 to 2023 as managing editor and senior producer of Vermont Edition.
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