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Healthcare Watch: How to ensure patients get good care in a nursing home
Los Angeles Times

Having to place a loved one in a nursing home is never a happy affair. And the way Eric Carlson sees it, too many of the nearly 300,000 Californians who enter a nursing home each year don’t get the care to which they’re entitled.

“It’s such unfamiliar terrain for people, and so they’re taken advantage of because of that,” says Carlson, a Los Angeles attorney with Justice in Aging, a national organization that works to fight poverty among seniors.

That’s what led Carlson to write “20 Common Nursing Home Problems and How to Resolve Them,” a consumer guide available free at